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with apprehension as Scottish vot-
ers went to the polls yesterday in
a referendum on becoming an inde-
pendent state, deciding whether to
dissolve a union with England that
brought great prosperity but has
increasingly been felt by many
Scots as stifling.
On the fog-shrouded streets of
Scotland s capital, Edinburgh, there
was a quiet thrill of history in the
making as many Scots prepared to
stay up all night in homes and bars
to watch the results roll in.
Earlier, voters had lined up outside
some polling stations even before
they opened at 7 am. For some, it
was a day they had dreamed of for
decades. For others, the time had
finally come to make up their minds
about the future---both for them-
selves and for the United Kingdom.
"Fifty years I fought for this," said
83-year-old Isabelle Smith, a Yes
supporter in Edinburgh s maritime
district of Newhaven, a former fish-
ing port. "And we are going to win.
I can feel it in my bones."
For Smith, who went to the polling
station decked out in a blue-and-
white pro-independence shirt and
rosette, statehood for Scotland was
a dream nurtured during three
decades living in the US with her
"The one thing America has that
the Scots don t have is confidence,"
said Smith, who returned to Scotland
years ago. "But they re getting it,
they re walking tall."
"No matter what, Scotland will
never, ever be the same again."
The question on the ballot paper
could not be simpler: "Should Scot-
land be an independent country?"
Yet it has divided Scots during
months of campaigning, generating
an unprecedented volume and inten-
sity of public debate and participa-
tion. The Yes side, in particular, has
energised young people and previ-
ously disillusioned working-class
Polls suggest the result was too
close to call. A final Ipsos MORI poll
released yesterday put support for
the No side at 53 per cent and Yes
at 47 per cent. The phone survey of
991 people has a margin of error of
plus or minus three percentage
The future of the 307-year-old
union with England was to be decid-
ed in 15 hours of voting. Polling sta-
tions were busy and turnout was
expected to be high, with more than
4.2 million people registered to
vote---97 per cent of those eligible.
Residents as young as 16 can vote.
A Yes vote would trigger 18
months of negotiations between
Scottish leaders and London-based
politicians on how the two countries
would separate their institutions
before Scotland s planned Independ-
ence Day of March 24, 2016.
After weeks in which British
media have talked of little else, the
television airwaves were almost a
referendum-free zone yesterday.
Electoral rules forbid discussion
and analysis of elections on tele-
vision while the polls are open.
On the streets, it was a different
story, with rival Yes and No bill-
boards and campaigners outside
many polling places.
At an Edinburgh polling station,
Thomas Roberts said he had voted
Yes because he felt optimistic about
Scotland s future as an independent
"Why not roll the dice for once?"
Once the polls closed, ballot boxes
were to be transported to 32 regional
centres for counting. The result was
expected this morning.
Roberts said he was looking for-
ward to learning the outcome in a
pub, many of which were staying
"I m going to sit with a beer in
my hand watching the results com-
ing in," Roberts said. AP
...as Scots decide future of union with England
LONDON---After carefully avoiding
taking a side on the issue, former
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray
signalled his support for Scottish
independence yesterday, the day of the
The Scottish player sent out a post
on Twitter just hours ahead of the polls
opening on the referendum to break
away from the United Kingdom.
Murray indicated that negative
campaigning by the anti-independence
side made up his mind in favour of
He tweeted to his 2.7 million
followers: "Huge day for Scotland
today! no campaign negativity last few
days totally swayed my view on it.
excited to see the outcome. lets do
The 27-year-old Murray, who grew up
in Dunblane, Scotland, resides in
England and is not eligible to vote in
the referendum. AP
Andy Murray backs Scottish independence
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond poses for photographs with Yes campaigners in
Turriff, Scotland, yesterday. Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide
whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an
independent state. AP PHOTOS
A Yes campaigner and a No campaigner stand outside a polling place in Edinburgh, Scotland,
"The one thing America has
that the Scots don't have is
confidence. But they're
getting it, they're walking tall.
No matter what, Scotland will
never, ever be the same
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