6 May. 2014
NAIRN, United Kingdom
Yasmin Gray (L), 16, and Leonie Matthews, who will be 16 at time of the vote, pose for a photograph while getting ready to go to a friend's 16th birthday party in Nairn, Invernesshire March 8, 2014. Yasmin is undecided on how she will vote in the referendum and said, "I have heard different opinions from family members and the news. I am 60% yes because I think it will benefit our economy and there would be less tax in an independent Scotland. However, the 40% is no because I believe that Scotland being independent will affect our future generations as most of our money comes from oil - it will eventually run out and this will leave Scotland inevitably bust." Leonie, who plans to vote no said, "England needs Scotland and Scotland needs England for both countries to function properly." When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. Two opinion polls and Reuters interviews with 25 Scottish teenagers in 10 different locations suggest the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) can't be sure of their support in the Sept. 18 referendum. Overall, polls show Scots remain doubtful about separation, although the proportion of those supporting independence has increased over the past year. Picture taken March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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