Scotland: Yes or No – Update
Some 4.3 million residents in Scotland vote in the referendum whether Scotland should be an independent country of the United Kingdom.
Scotland meets today decide whether the dream of William Wallace and ends with a union of over 300 years in the UK, in a referendum that polls looks very tied and which weighed undecided.
Almost 4.3 million people (97% of the electorate) registered to vote in 32 districts, which constitutes the largest mass in the electoral history of Scotland. You can vote all residents over 16 years. It is therefore expected that participation is very high and the tables will be open until 22.
Voters have to answer a single question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The options are “Yes” or “No”. The results will be announced on Friday morning, and there will be screenings at the close of the polls.
The victory of the “yes” would mean the start of complex negotiations between the British and Scottish governments for the separation of two deeply intertwined economies and political systems after three centuries of shared history. The most difficult issues are the British pound and the North Sea oil. The UK would lose 8.3% of its population and a third of its surface.
The “No” prevails in the latest polls
The latest polls released Wednesday gave a slight advantage to the “No” to independence with 52 percent, compared to 48 percent who support it, according to YouGov. Several newspapers had similar results.
In the closing ceremony of the campaign, the independence leader and head of the Scottish government, Alex Salmond, said that the referendum is “a unique opportunity in life,” and that the Scots have take advantage.
In a rival rally in Glasgow, the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned on risks instead of independence, which he said “is a minefield where problems can explode all at once.”
Emotions are raw skin between both sides and there was even some clashes between citizens. Whoever wins, the division of Scottish society could be very deep.
Scotland #indyref results in full – with updated map
Most Scots did not supported the separation of Britain. The “no” was imposed on the independence referendum in Scotland in 28 of the 32 constituencies.
The “no” won 2,001,926 votes and the “yes” 1,617,989, with a record turnout of 84.59% of the 4.3 million registered voters.
The economy a key point in the victory of no
The fear of the economic impact of separation, fueled by the move to London head office of banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland on the eve of the referendum or the possibility of not being able to continue using the pound, over braking the independence option, highlighted several analysts.
Changes in the UK
However, the decision to change Scotland UK, because over 1.6 million Scots in favor of independence. Prime Minister Cameron announced a broad constitutional reform that will affect the whole country and will start trading in November.
Cameron considered as Scotland will have more powers, the other three nations that make up the United Kingdom – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – should also have “voice” on their skills.