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Scottish vote reveals cracks in United Kingdom

Dogs wearing a union flag (L) and a Scottish flag are pictured at the 150th Birnam Highland Games in Perthshire, Scotland, on August 30, 2014Whether Scotland votes for independence or not, the referendum has fired up debate in the rest of the United Kingdom over London’s dominance and the historic ties that hold the country together. From Northern Ireland to Wales and even within England in regions like Cornwall and Yorkshire, the run-up to the September 18 vote has stoked long-running opposition to control by the capital. “Even if there is a No vote, we are looking at some important constitutional changes in the United Kingdom,” said Graham Walker, professor of politics at Queen’s University Belfast. All three of Britain’s main parties have promised new tax powers for Scotland’s Holyrood parliament if the referendum is rejected, as indicated by all the opinion polls so far.

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