What's At Stake In The Scottish Independence Referendum

A Union Jack and Saltire flags blow in the wind near to Glen Coe on March 24, 2014 in Glen Coe, Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.   - Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A Union Jack and Saltire flags blow in the wind near to Glen Coe on March 24, 2014 in Glen Coe, Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.

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What's At Stake In The Scottish Independence Referendum

In just a few weeks, voters in Scotland will decide whether to become independent from the United Kingdom. Diane and her guests discuss the history of the movement, arguments for and against autonomy, and implications of the vote for the United States and the European Union.

The stakes for next month’s Scottish independence referendum are high. If Scotland’s four million voters decide to leave the United Kingdom, it would dissolve a 300-year-old political union. It would also put the country in uncharted economic, political and strategic waters. Those in favor of independence say Scotland’s right to self rule is long overdue and that autonomy is key to a thriving economy and better social policies. Many voting “no” say Scotland is more secure within the U.K. but want greater financial and legal authority for the Scottish parliament. Diane and her guests discuss what’s at stake in the Scottish vote for independence.

Guests

Fiona Hill

senior fellow and director, Center on the US and Europe at Brookings Institution.

David Rennie

Washington bureau chief, The Economist.

Donnie Jack

Scottish Affairs Counsellor for the Americas, Washington, D.C.

James Naughtie

host of BBC's "Today Programme" and former chief political correspondent for The Guardian.

Campaign For Voters Ramps Up

The Electoral Commission, an independent regulator of elections and party and election finance established by the U.K. Parliament, has released a series of videos encouraging Scots to register as voters, and participate in the upcoming referendum.

In the video below, they walk voters, step by step, through the polling place.

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