18 September 2014 - Scotland: Decision day
Scottish independence: Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing the result either way
Chris Green (The Independent)
After a referendum campaign of claim and counter-claim which has lasted for more than two years and has led to allegations of bullying, intimidation, scaremongering and outright lies, Scottish voters will finally decide whether their country should embrace independence or remain as part of the United Kingdom from the privacy of the polling booth.
The final opinion polls before the vote suggested that the campaign against independence retained a very slight lead. But with significant numbers of people still undecided, the result will remain impossible to predict until the early hours of Friday morning.
David Cameron admitted he was “nervous” that the UK may be on the verge of breaking up. In the event of a Yes vote, he will face intense pressure from Conservative backbenchers to resign as Prime Minister, having presided over the separation of England’s 307-year-old union with Scotland.
Macer Hall & Paul Gilbride (The Express)
The future of the 307-year-old union was hanging in the balance as opinion polls showed the result on a knife-edge.
Emotions ran high as supporters from both camps rallied in Glasgow amid warnings that rioting could be sparked at polling stations.
And Tory MPs voiced fears that even if the vote is No, Britain will be changed for ever by sweeping powers promised to Scotland.
In a nerve-shredding finish to an often ill-tempered campaign, the result appeared to be in the hands of around five per cent of Scottish voters who by yesterday had still to make up their minds.
Paige Lavender (The Huffington Post)
President Barack Obama reiterated his stance against Scottish independence with a tweet on Wednesday.
Obama said he hopes the UK remains "strong, robust and united." The Scottish independence vote takes place Thursday, Sept. 18.
"The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united. -bo"
Staff (BBC News)
People in Scotland have begun voting on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.
Voters will answer "Yes" or "No" to the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected.
Votes will be cast at 2,608 polling places across the country until 22:00 on Thursday. The result is expected early on Friday morning.
Ballot papers will be counted in each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas.
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