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Scotland's Vote Independence or Union?


Bing.alau
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We have plenty of Scots who take part in this forum. I wonder how they intend to vote.

Will Scottish people in England, Northern Ireland or Wales etc., have a vote and if so how do you intend to vote? Will it depend on the address at the time of voting? As I have said before I have lots of Scottish friends but they all live on the south coast of England. (They show a tendency to get away from Scotland as far as possible).

Macscouse had better keep out of this or the LHO will hit him below the sporran.

Seriously though. Will English people living in Scotland on a permanent basis be entitled to vote?

What about all the Scottish people living abroad in such diverse places as Canada and South Africa?

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oresome

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It can't be that bad if you have 45.000 English men and women moving up there every year.

That figure includes several relations of mine in two family units.

Both families have settled in and show no signs of wanting to return. The downside is that they do not contribute significantly to the Scottish economy having retired prior to moving north.

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Bing.alau

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My pal Macscouse moved up there yonks ago and shows no sign of returning to dear old Liverpool (Left myself open to a quick quip by Brumas there haven't I?) But maybe it's because his lovely Scottish Lady the famous LHO will not allow him to move back here.

I am surprised at the amount of English people moving to Scotland too, but as mentioned maybe it is because of the University situation?

My then daughter-in-law moved up to Edinburgh to put an end to the chance of my son getting access to his daughter. I wonder if the laws in Scotland have anything to do with it?

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morddwyd

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I moved here because I was sent here in 1957.

I found I liked it, and they seemed to like me (even as a H&S Officer!) and settled.

No regrets (except maybe Rabbie, but even he is preferable to Shakespeare!).

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oresome

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I am surprised at the amount of English people moving to Scotland too, but as mentioned maybe it is because of the University situation?

I think it's a lot to do with property prices.

If you retire with a fairly meagre pension, but have a lot of capital tied up in a house, you can release some by moving to an area with cheaper housing.

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morddwyd

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Perhaps the most influential argument against independence will be that Sky is not able to show some of the soaps "abroad" because of copyright problems!

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Quickbeam

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Who would suffer most if a trade war was the result?

Say for instance, you kept all the Scotch to yourselves and England withdrew all the Mars bars from the Scottish export market in retaliation...

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Bing.alau

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The average weight of the Glaswegian would drop alarmingly. The Scotch would make no difference because they already drink too much of it.

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Macscouse

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I first went to Scotland on an overnight trip with the Army. Circumstances meant I had to stay for two months. Whilst there, I met my now wife, and when I retired from the Army, I moved up to Nairn. I thoroughly enjoy living in the Highlands, the scenery is stunning, and the air is clean. My car has been targeted a couple of times for my being English, but that could happen anywhere. I have just spent a few days in Glasgow, and it is a fabulous city. Their parks and museums are wonderful, and the Glaswegians are tremendous fun once they know that I am from Liverpool. That said, I think that it would be a terrible mistake if we were to part.

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Bing.alau

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Well said Macscouse. We can't afford to break the union. Nothing to do with finance, but for such reasons as sentimentality. neighbourliness and friendship. All families have their ups and downs and we always will but to break up is sheer folly.

If it were not for the fanatics we could even have Ireland in the Union. (just my opinion). I'll get me 'at.

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Aitchbee

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... very latest betting odds [Update]:-

Will Scotland Vote For Independence in 2014?

No ...was 2/5 is now 1/3

Yes ..was 7/4 is now 9/4

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