Monday, 15 October 2012

Britain, Scotland to agree on terms of independence vote

Salmond, according to the BBC, won a concession that 16- and 17-year-olds will be able to cast a vote, a plus for the independence movement as younger voters in Scotland are believed to more receptive to the notion of breaking away from Britain. In addition, Cameron reportedly also has given in on the timing of the vote; he had initially wanted the referendum held next year. The most recent opinions polls show a declining number of Scots in favor of independence, with roughly 28 percent now supporting it. Salmond, however, has argued that a delayed vote would give the independence movement more time to convince skeptical voters.

“What we are now setting up is to allow people in Scotland to make the most important decision in 300 years,”Moore said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. “People can have confidence that when they see that agreement, it will ensure that both governments’ sets of objectives have been achieved.”

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