As the final day of campaigning took place in Scotland before the independence referendum, euronews’ Alasdair Sandford spoke to correspondent Joanna Gill in Edinburgh to find out what the atmosphere was like in the city on the eve of the vote.
Joanna Gill: “I would say the atmosphere now is at fever pitch. We’ve got less that 24 hours until people actually have to cast their votes, so both campaigns are going into overdrive to get those last undecided voters out and sway them to their sides. I spoke to quite a few people this morning who still seem unconvinced by either campaign. So, we’re looking at a very, very intense day of campaigning in the capital of Scotland from both sides.”
Alasdair Sandford: “And with just 24 hours to go, how many people still remain undecided?”
Joanna Gill: “The experts are saying there’s around eight to 10 percent still undecided and these are the people who really make the decision, because the poll of polls is showing 51 percent in favour of a no vote to stay with the union and just 49 percent for the yes so it’s still neck and neck.
“So the undecideds are the people who will swing the vote and many of these undecideds it appears are the women voters. In social attitude surveys it’s shown that the women voters usually are more risk averse, they don’t want to take a risk on what the currency might be, whether there will be changes to the national health service, so this might possibly swing it to the no camp, but we can’t say at this stage. Every expert I’ve spoken to is genuinely guessing as to what the eventual vote will be.
Alasdair Sandford: “And is there a real sense of history, that there is no going back on this, this is a once in a lifetime vote that is going to change the face of the nation, of Scotland and the United Kingdom forever?”
Joanna Gill: “Well that’s certainly the rhetoric of the two leaders. David Cameron made a very emotional plea saying this will be a terrible, messy divorce, if there is a yes vote. He was almost with a tear in his eye and equally the first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond said there is no going back, this is a chance in a generation, to have the vote on independence and he has certainly been with the Scottish National Party for a long time. This has been a long time in the making for them as well, so there is a huge sense of history, even coming from England so the Scots are well aware, and I think this is why there are still a lot of undecided people who think maybe they won’t even vote, because it’s just such a huge responsibility.”