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Who can vote in Scotland's independence referendum?

Who can vote in Scotland's independence referendum?

(2:33) On September 18, 2014, Scotland will vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. But not all Scots will have a say. The Economist explains the rules.

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I've come to the opinion that Alex Salmond imagines himself as the next King of Scotland in many respects and my belief is that he's trying to lead the Scots along a dangerous road into totally unknown territory. He seems to think that he'll dictate which currency will be used in an independent Scotland - but it's not his decision to make. He appears to be assuring other Scots that they'll be keeping much of the revenue from North Sea oil, although I think the oil companies who own and operate the rigs may have a different opinion. There are also question over the Trident nuclear base, membership of NATO & the EU..........the list is longer than this and Salmond's 'Scotland will do this and have that' attitude isn't as cut and dried as he would have his country believe. This is a one-shot deal. Once the ties are cut, they can't just go back to their original status after a year or so if it isn't working as they hoped. The moral here is be careful what you wish for and bigger issues than Alex Salmond's ego are at stake.

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I've come to the opinion that Alex Salmond imagines himself as the next King of Scotland in many respects and my belief is that he's trying to lead the Scots along a dangerous road into totally unknown territory. He seems to think that he'll dictate which currency will be used in an independent Scotland - but it's not his decision to make. He appears to be assuring other Scots that they'll be keeping much of the revenue from North Sea oil, although I think the oil companies who own and operate the rigs may have a different opinion. There are also question over the Trident nuclear base, membership of NATO & the EU..........the list is longer than this and Salmond's 'Scotland will do this and have that' attitude isn't as cut and dried as he would have his country believe. This is a one-shot deal. Once the ties are cut, they can't just go back to their original status after a year or so if it isn't working as they hoped. The moral here is be careful what you wish for and bigger issues than Alex Salmond's ego are at stake.

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cengland0 cengland0 (1163 days ago)

I don’t blame Scotland for wanting an independence from the UK. We declared our independence from them in 1776 and would encourage any of their commonwealths to do the same as soon as possible.

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I don’t blame Scotland for wanting an independence from the UK. We declared our independence from them in 1776 and would encourage any of their commonwealths to do the same as soon as possible.

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Guest: PJG (1159 days ago)

Scotland is part of the UK (until Thursday). The US is a colony which grew up and declared independence. Not really the same thing is it?

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Scotland is part of the UK (until Thursday). The US is a colony which grew up and declared independence. Not really the same thing is it?

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cengland0 cengland0 (1159 days ago)

It’s not the same thing. Scotland won many wars against England to remain a separate country until 1707 when the UK acquired Scotland through the Act of Union.

The settlers of the “New World” started in 1607 with the Jamestown colony. These people were from England and were under the rule of the King of England. More people from England colonized the USA in 1620 and formed the Plymouth colony.

I even believe the new world at the time was called New England. Anyway, after a couple decades of being under the tyrannical rule of the King of England, the settlers of the USA wanted to declare their independence from England. Our official declaration of independence has a large section of it dedicated to the indictment — a list of the tyrannical King’s repeated injuries and usurpations of the citizens’ rights and liberties.

So, in summary, Scotland fought for centuries to remain independent until they finally gave in in 1707. Many of the Scottish people realize that mistake and want to correct it and become independent again. The USA was part of the British empire until we declared our independence in 1776. The revolutionary war was fought to keep our independence and we won that. The British empire didn’t seem happy about their defeat and played tricks such as supporting the Indian tribes to prevent us from expanding so we fought them again in 1812 and we won that war too with the help of the French.

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It’s not the same thing. Scotland won many wars against England to remain a separate country until 1707 when the UK acquired Scotland through the Act of Union.

The settlers of the “New World” started in 1607 with the Jamestown colony. These people were from England and were under the rule of the King of England. More people from England colonized the USA in 1620 and formed the Plymouth colony.

I even believe the new world at the time was called New England. Anyway, after a couple decades of being under the tyrannical rule of the King of England, the settlers of the USA wanted to declare their independence from England. Our official declaration of independence has a large section of it dedicated to the indictment — a list of the tyrannical King’s repeated injuries and usurpations of the citizens’ rights and liberties.

So, in summary, Scotland fought for centuries to remain independent until they finally gave in in 1707. Many of the Scottish people realize that mistake and want to correct it and become independent again. The USA was part of the British empire until we declared our independence in 1776. The revolutionary war was fought to keep our independence and we won that. The British empire didn’t seem happy about their defeat and played tricks such as supporting the Indian tribes to prevent us from expanding so we fought them again in 1812 and we won that war too with the help of the French.

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Guest: Joe Soap (1159 days ago)
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Yup, but that's all ancient history. Lots of the Scots who want independence are just plain sick of the useless politicians in Westminster. The Tory/LibDem alliance is a farce and they fall short of an ideal government (don't they all?), but I can't help wondering if this is a case of Better the Devil You Know. I have heard very little except Alex Salmond saying that he'll do better than the current government. How does he know? How do the voters know that he's any more competent than the current lot? In a few days, the will of the Scottish people will be put to the test.

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Yup, but that's all ancient history. Lots of the Scots who want independence are just plain sick of the useless politicians in Westminster. The Tory/LibDem alliance is a farce and they fall short of an ideal government (don't they all?), but I can't help wondering if this is a case of Better the Devil You Know. I have heard very little except Alex Salmond saying that he'll do better than the current government. How does he know? How do the voters know that he's any more competent than the current lot? In a few days, the will of the Scottish people will be put to the test.

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DrOfnothing DrOfnothing (1162 days ago)

An absolutely terrible idea, which would relegate Scotland to a status lower than Luxembourg's, seriously screw up their economy, and do great harm to future generations in Scotland and England. Alex Salmond is a fool's fool, and letting 16-year-olds vote in so momentous a decision borders on criminal negligence. Then again, I can't entirely blame them for being tired of Tory misrule from Whitehall.

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An absolutely terrible idea, which would relegate Scotland to a status lower than Luxembourg's, seriously screw up their economy, and do great harm to future generations in Scotland and England. Alex Salmond is a fool's fool, and letting 16-year-olds vote in so momentous a decision borders on criminal negligence. Then again, I can't entirely blame them for being tired of Tory misrule from Whitehall.

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