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Scotland: final pleas for and against independence from UK

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Scotland: final pleas for and against independence from UK

In Scotland, “No” and “Yes” campaigners have made their final push to get their messages across to the Scottish people.

Leader of the independence campaign, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, is confident that Scotland will vote for independence, despite opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call.

He urged Scots to vote yes.

“Vote for the future of this country, vote for economic prosperity, certainly we can build over a period of time. Let’s also have a compassionate and just society. Let’s make Scotland a country worth having,” said Salmond.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appealed for a no vote.

“Have confidence tomorrow, and have confidence enough to stay with all our friends. We’ve had no answers, they do not know what they are doing. They are leading us into a trap. Have confidence and say to our friends, for reasons of solidarity, sharing, justice, pride in Scotland, the only answer for Scotland’s sake and for Scotland’s future is vote ‘no’,” said Brown.

Yes campaigners dismissed Brown’s appeals as a form of “panic attack.”

Voters will be asked to answer Yes or No to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

The vote on independence from the United Kingdom gets underway Thursday at 8 a.m. CET. Polls stay open till 11 p.m. CET.

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