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Foreign voters could sway outcome of Scottish independence poll

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Foreign voters could sway outcome of Scottish independence poll

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Scotland – land of the brave or perhaps these days, land of the confused as arguments for and against independence are bandied about before the September 18 referendum.

In the end the outcome could depend on a small group of people who aren’t even Scottish.

Anyone from a European Union or British Commonwealth country can vote as long as they are resident in Scotland – that means lots of foreign students.

Elizabeth from Austria says she will vote “yes” to independence because she thinks Scotland could make a good contribution to the European Union.

Baron who comes from Germany thinks differently: “I will probably vote ‘no’, but primarily because I’m not sure about all the consequences.”

An estimated 70,000 people from EU countries other than Britain live in Scotland and although it is not many, in a general population of just four million they could make all the difference.