Scottish Referendum


The Queen urges voters to think “carefully”

16 Sep , 2014  

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The Queen has broken her silence on the potential break-up of the United Kingdom just four days before the polls open.

In an unusual move for a member of the Royal family, the Queen said that voters should think “very carefully about the future” before casting their vote on Thursday in the historical referendum vote.

The Queen is constitutionally impartial and above politics, however, the statement has been judged by some to be a warning to Scotland’s voters about the finality of a “yes” vote.

The comments were made by the Queen as she broke protocol on Sunday morning and spoke to well-wishers outside the church she attends near Balmoral Castle. Currently on her annual holiday in Aberdeenshire, where she is expected to remain for the next three weeks.

Whilst nobody outside of Scotland has the right to actively participate in the vote, the consequences of a “yes” on Thursday will be felt everywhere.

Sector by sector, consumers will feel the effects both north and south of the border, from Banking to Energy to Retail to Transport, changes will be afoot. In The Guardian this weekend, they took a look at how these changes might be felt. Click here to see the article in full.

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