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Glasgow bucks Scottish trend, votes for independence

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 00:54

Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, voted for independence from the United Kingdom, but only by a narrow margin. But the Deputy First Minister for Scotland says Scotland has changed for ever after the referendum, regardless of the results. Rough cut. (No Reporter Narration.)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Glasgow has voted for breaking from the United Kingdom, giving its backing to independence by voting 53.5% "Yes" to 46.5% "No". Turnout in the area was 75% with "Yes" winning by 194,779 to the "No" campaign's 169,347. The campaign for independence has galvanised this country of 5.3 million but also divided friends and families from the remote Scottish islands of the Atlantic to the tough city estates of Glasgow. Breaking apart the United Kingdom has worried allies, investors and the entire British elite whose leaders rushed late in the campaign to check what opinion polls showed was a surge in support for independence. Seeking to tap into a cocktail of historical rivalry, opposing political tastes and a perception that London has mismanaged Scotland, nationalists say Scots, not London, should rule Scotland to build a wealthier and fairer country. Unionists say independence would usher in financial, economic and political uncertainty and diminish the UK's standing in the world. They have warned that Scotland would not keep the pound as part of a formal currency union. Beyond the money and power, the referendum has provoked deep passions in Scotland, drawn in many voters who ignore traditional political campaigns and underscored what London politicians admit is a need for wider constitutional change. Voters lined up at polling stations across Scotland to vote with 4.28 million voters, or 97 percent of the electorate, registered to vote. Turnout hit a record high. They were asked to answer "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?".

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Glasgow bucks Scottish trend, votes for independence

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 00:54