Written by Staff Writer
18 Sep, 2014 | 8:14 am
People in Scotland will vote later on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.
Politicians made their final pleas to Scottish voters Wednesday, the last day of campaigning before they head to the ballot box to vote on independence.
Opinion polls put the two sides neck-and-neck ahead of Thursday’s historic referendum, which could see Scotland split from the United Kingdom.
Voters will be asked the yes/no question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
The latest poll of polls, released Wednesday by ScotCen, an independent research center, shows “no” at 52% and “yes” at 48%, with “don’t know” voters excluded. It is consistent with results over the past week or so, which have indicated the race is too close to call.
Polls suggest around 8% of voters remain undecided, making their votes crucial to deciding the outcome of the referendum.
As the vote nears, emotions are running high on both sides, dividing families and polarizing communities.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, himself a Scot, called on his fellow countrymen and women to vote “no” to independence with confidence.
Speaking in Glasgow, he said, “This is everyone’s flag, everyone’s country, everyone’s culture, everyone’s street and let us tell the people of Scotland that we who vote ‘no’ love our Scotland and love our country.”
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