U.K.’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Voters in Scotland will today decide whether to seek independence from the U.K. in a ballot that could spell the end of a three-century-old union that once dominated the world from America to Australia and trigger a new era of self-determination across Europe.

Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time in schools, church halls, libraries and community centers across Scotland for the country’s 4.3 million-strong electorate.

The referendum is the culmination of almost two years of competing arguments over the viability of an independent Scotland, its economic well-being, currency and international standing. Polls suggest the final result announced in Edinburgh tomorrow morning will come down to those voters who were not persuaded by either campaign and must now make their choice.


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