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Scotland decides - to be or not to be independent

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It is ‘Decision Day’ in Scotland with more than four million voters being asked in a referendum “Should Scotland be an independent country?”.

And it is a question which has divided politicians, businesses and even families.

But with opinion polls putting a mere 2 to 4 points between the two sides in favour of the ‘No’ vote, both campaigns yesterday pulled out all the stops to muster support at their final rallies.

“Independence is not a magic wand. Are there things that go wrong for any nation? Yes, of course there are. Are there challenges to overcome? Undoubtedly. But my question is this: who better to meet these challenges for this nation than the people who live and work in this nation?” said Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond..

Nationalist Salmond hopes he is on the brink of making history if voters go for independence while unionist Alistair Darling hopes he is preserving it.

“The risks of separation are very, very clear. Remember this: when we go to the polls tomorrow, we’re not voting for one-term party, or one-term government. We’re voting for Scotland’s future forever. It’s that important. If we vote to leave there is no going back,” said the ‘Better Together’ campaign leader Alistair Darling.

It has certainly been a robust few weeks with tensions reaching fever pitch among the committed. But the clock is ticking and even though surveys say as many as 600,000 voters are still undecided, the time has come for them to make up their minds.