Scotland 2014: Voting under way in referendum

It’s a historical day in Scotland. Voters goes to the polls of independence referendum. They will answer “Yes” or “No” to the referendum question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. With 4,285,323 people – 97% of the electorate – registered to vote, it is expected to be the busiest day in Scottish electoral history. The polls are close on 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT) and the results are announces on Friday morning. What’s it means: Scots are anxious for this.


Europe: Scottish or Catalan vote ‘torpedoes EU’, says Spain’s Rajoy

Scotland faces a historic opportunity to be an independent country on 18 September’s referendum. Butt Spain has warned of possibility any referendum on Catalonia. On Wednesday, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said Independence referendums in Scotland or Spain’s Catalonia region are like a torpedo to European integration.

He told MPs such processes created “more economic recession and poverty”. he added: If Scotland backed independence, it would have to reapply to the EU as a new member state

Catalonia will hold a referendum on next November despite decision by parliament to not validated the results.

Conclusion: Rajoy has Scottishphobia.

Scotland 2014: Campaigns seize on Scotland powers pledge

Scotland is close to Thursday referendum. On Tuesday, The three UK parties leaders has signed a promise to give more powers for Scottish parliament. Conservative leader David Cameron. Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg also promises equitable sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula.

The “Yes” campaign described it as an “insult” to voters and asked why it had taken so long to offer.

Unionist group Better Together said it was “a vision around which Scotland can unite”.

Conclusion: Scots wanna actions than promises.

Scotland 2014: Salmond and Cameron offer rival visions over independence

Three days before the Scottish referendum. The British prime minister David Cameron and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has made an address to change the landscape of the poll. Salmond has joined business leaders to argue for Scottish independence, as David Cameron outlined “head and heart” reasons to vote “No”. Scottie FM used an event at Edinburgh Airport to hit out at the “scaremongering” of the “No” campaign while Briton PM later gave a speech arguing that independence was a “divorce” rather than a “trial separation”. What’s it means: Both leaders and their ideas and fears.

Scotland 2014: Salmond says Scotland is ‘on cusp of making history’

The fierce campaign for Scottish independence goes on. On Thursday, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said Scotland is on the “cusp of making history” by voting for independence. He described the referendum as a “process of national empowerment”.Opinion polls suggests a NO campaing holds a narrow lead. What’s it means: Scotties is undecided again.

Scotland 2014: Cameron, Clegg and Miliband make Scotland ‘No’ vote plea

Scotland lives uncertainty of independence. On Wednesday, UK party leaders goes it to plea a No vote on 18 September’s referendum. The prime-minister David Cameron (Tory), Deputy PM Nick Clegg (Lib Dem) and Leader of Opposition Ed Miliband (Labour) makes rallies across the Sctoland;

Speaking in Edinburgh, Cameron – who Downing Street has confirmed will return to Scotland on Monday – said he was often asked whether his party would find it easier to win UK elections without Scotland, which currently has one Tory MP.

He responded: “My answer to that is, I care far more about my country than I do about my party.

“I care hugely about this extraordinary country, this United Kingdom that we’ve built together.

“I would be heartbroken if this family of nations that we’ve put together – and we’ve done such amazing things together – if this family of nations was torn apart.”

Miliband, who spoke at a community centre in Cumbernauld, said: “I want to make the case to you today, head, heart and soul.

“I want to make the case to you from the head, which is that we are stronger staying together because we can better create a more equal, a more just, society.

“I want to make the case to you from the heart, because of the ties that bind us together and which would be broken apart by separatism.

“And I want to make the case to you from the soul, because it was in halls like this that our movement was formed on the basis of solidarity – solidarity that has built, not just our movement’s greatest moments, but our country’s greatest institutions, like our national health service.”

Clegg made his pitch to voters in Selkirk in the south of Scotland – key Liberal Democrat territory.

The deputy prime minister, said: “The family of nations that makes up the United Kingdom has done remarkable things over a long period of time.

“We’ve beaten fascism in Europe, we’ve created the NHS, we’ve created the BBC, Team GB did do well at the London Olympics – let’s keep doing the things that we do so well together but, as the same time, enter into an exciting new chapter of devolving new powers to Scotland as well.”

Meanwhile, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond (SNP) also on the campaign trail, suggested the main concern of the three UK leaders was keeping their own jobs.

He said: “Today what we have got is an example of Team Scotland against Team Westminster.

“The breadth and reach of the ‘Yes’ campaign is there for all to see – it is not about the Scottish National Party, the Green Party or political parties. It goes right through the whole sector of Scottish society

“What we are seeing today on the other side is Team Westminster jetting up to Scotland for the day because they are panicking in the campaign.

Recent opinion poll suggest no has 45% of the votes while yes has 42%. Conclusion: Scotties are undecides

Scotland 2014: Brown sets out more powers timetable despite independence ascension

Scotties are anxious by the independence. On last Saturday, opinion polls suggets Yes has 47% of the votes while No has 45%. Today, former prime minister Gordon Brown said a “No” vote would be the “starting gun” for Holyrood to be handed greater control over finance, welfare and taxation. However, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said plans to increase the powers of the devolved Edinburgh parliament were a “panicky measure” announced without credibility, because the Yes Scotland campaign for independence was “winning on the ground”. What’s it means: Scotties wanna be independent more than ever.