Scotland to vote on independence referendum

September 10, 2014 3:07 AM

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Scotland to vote on independence referendum

Next week the people of Scotland will decide in a referendum whether they want to remain part of the UK or strike out on their own as an independent nation. With polls suggesting Scotland may leave the union, Keri Phillips looks at the background to this remarkable experiment in democracy.

Three hundred years ago, Scotland shared a crown with England but was largely independent. Its union with England was a financial necessity, as the Scottish economy had been brought to its knees by a disastrous attempt to build a trading empire based on a colony in Darién, a province in Panama.

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