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Project August 10, 2013

Scotland: Separation Anxiety?

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September 18, 2014, marks the date of the historic vote that could change the shape of the United Kingdom. Scotland, a member of a "United Kingdom" with England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1707, has the chance to become an independent nation.

In an agreement signed in 2012, members of Scottish and British Parliaments came to terms with the Scottish Independence Referendum that will soon take place. At stake are vital issues of economic and environmental policies, defense plans, the continuing relationship with the UK and relations with the European Union.

This project explores the hopes and desires of those who support the referendum and the fears of those who oppose it. Industries all across Scotland could face drastic changes if the vote for independence passes. The voices of young people are also heard here as the Scottish Parliament has opened the vote to 16- and 17-year-old citizens.

From the whisky-rich culture of the Speyside region in northern Scotland to its political center and capital city in Edinburgh, the historic Scottish landscape is alive with debate.