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Should Scotland remain part of the UK? Ashbourne decides

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

By Zena Hawley

Should Scotland remain part of the UK? Ashbourne decides

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IT may not have any official bearing on the eventual vote but Ashbourne has decided it would rather Scotland stayed as part of the United Kingdom.

That was the verdict of people who had the chance to take part in a mock vote during the Highland Gathering on Sunday.

More than 8,000 people visited the afternoon event, which celebrates all things Scottish, and witnessed a variety of events from dancing sheep to caber tossing.

But in among the pipe band competitions, running races and heavyweight contests, people were asked to cast their vote answering the simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

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A total of 346 people cast their votes with 271 in favour of remaining in the union and just 75 wanting independence.

But the real thing is likely to be much closer and it is on a knife-edge, with about 40% in favour and 40% against at the moment. So it will be down to those who have yet to decide.

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