Date
21 September 2017
Independence supporters hold a rally outside the BBC headquarters in Glasgow. They are accusing the government broadcaster of bias toward the unionists. Photo: Reuters
Independence supporters hold a rally outside the BBC headquarters in Glasgow. They are accusing the government broadcaster of bias toward the unionists. Photo: Reuters

Scottish referendum: Leaders begin final push

Separatist and unionist leaders are working feverishly across the country to try to woo undecided voters among the four million Scots and Scotland residents who will decide their future on Thursday.

In Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, thousands of independence supporters took to the streets in a major push.

And in Balmoral, the Scottish estate of Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch said she hopes Scots will think carefully about the future.

With three days left before Thursday’s vote that could see Scotland secede from England after 307 years of union, polls are showing a close contest, Reuters reported Monday.

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond, who is spearheading the drive for independence, said he is confident the “Yes” campaign would win.

Alistair Darling, a former British finance minister and leader of the “Better Together” campaign, warned that if Scots vote to split from the United Kingdom, it would be an irreversible decision that would bring economic doom and gloom.

With promises from British political leaders of greater powers for Scotland in the event of a “No” vote, Scots could have the best of both worlds, Darling said.

Meanwhile, thousands of people marched to the BBC headquarters, complaining that the state-run broadcaster was biased against the “Yes” campaign.

Independence supporters say it is time for Scotland to choose its own leaders and rule itself, free of control from London and politicians they say ignore their views and needs, the report said.

“No” campaigners say Scotland is more secure and prosperous as part of the United Kingdom and the end of the union would destroy three centuries of bonds and shared history as well as bring in economic and financial hardship.

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