Lewis Diuguid

Vote too close to call for independent Scotland

Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II cautions Scots ahead of Thursday’s referendum for independence, saying only to “think very carefully about the future.”
Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II cautions Scots ahead of Thursday’s referendum for independence, saying only to “think very carefully about the future.” The Associated Press

A lot is riding on the Thursday independence referendum in Scotland.

Yet Queen Elizabeth II’s only comment was to urge the Scots to “think very carefully about the future.” What an understatement.

The queen didn’t appeal to the Scots to vote to maintain the United Kingdom.

Polls show that the vote is too close to call. The survey of 1,000 people for the Guardian newspaper showed support for “yes” at 49 percent and “no” at 51 percent after excluding undecided voters, Bloomberg reports.

The “Better Together” campaign has stressed the economic uncertainties that an independent Scotland will have to confront, The Associated Press reports. A “yes” vote would shrink Great Britain in 18 months creating questions over the value of the pound, what currency the new country would adopt and how that new country would be governed.

Europe already is in a recession and is headed into what could be a difficult winter because of uncertainties with Russia.

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