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April 14, 2021

Scotland’s Day of Destiny arrives

The world’s eyes are on Scotland as voters have decide to answer “Yes” or “No” to the referendum question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
More than four million voters were expected to visit a voting booth, including 124,000 first-time 16 ad 17-year-old voters to answer the simple question of whether Scotland should be an independent nation.
Only a yes or no answer is required but the issue has never been that clear cut and the outcome is expected to be decided by an estimated 400,000 voters who remained undecided up to the moment they entered their local polling booth.
Votes have been cast at 2608 polling places across the country until 10pm local time (7am Friday AEST). The result is expected to take some hours and will most likely be known early on Friday morning local time, around 7am.
Millions are flocking to polling stations across the country for what has been described as a once-in-lifetime chance to vote for independence.
Many arrived early, some before the polling stations opened at 7am (4pm AEST).
In Edinburgh, eager voters formed long lines at polling stations in early-morning light.
Long queues also formed outside polling stations in Glasgow and Ayrshire.
The result is too close to call, with a poll on the eve of the referendum putting the No vote at 51 per cent and Yes at 49 per cent, excluding those voters who are still undecided.
Ballot papers will be counted in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas after the polling stations close at 10pm local time.
First Minister Alex Salmond — the man who could end the United Kingdom — cast his vote near his home in Strichen, Aberdeenshire.
If the Yes side prevails, Salmond will realise a long-held dream of leading his country to independence after an alliance with England formed in 1707.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was one of the first to cast her vote, arriving at a Glasgow polling station around 7.30am local time.
US President Barack Obama showed where his loyalties lay, tweeting out a message from the White House.“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”.
The United Kingdom teeters on the brink of potentially breaking up, as leaders made last minute appeals to voters on the future of the 300-year-old union amid mass rallies, divided polls and flared tempers.

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