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Orkney, Shetland Islands, Outer Hebrides vote against Scotland’s independence

September 19, 2014, 8:04 UTC+3 EDINBURGH

If Scotland votes for independence, it will be declared on March 24, 2016

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EDINBURGH, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Orkney and Shetland Islands and Outer Hebrides voted against Scotland’s independence in Thursday’s referendum, returns indicate.

In Orkney Islands, 33% of those who came to the polling stations voted for secession from Great Britain, while 67% voted against it. The turnout was 83.7%.

Earlier, 46.2% of people in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland, voted for secession and 53.8% against it.

On the Shetland Islands 36% of voters supported independence while 64% spoke against it. The turnout exceeded 80%.

The Outer Hebrides unexpectedly turned down the idea of independence, with 46.5% voting for it and 53.4% against. The turnout was 86%.

According to the YouGov public opinion service, 54% of people who came to the polling stations voted against independence and 46% for it.

Its earlier poll published on September 6 made quite a sensation with 51% of people favouring secession from the United Kingdom and 49% being against it.

No exit polls were conducted for reasons of costs and inaccuracy.

If Scotland votes for independence, it will be declared on March 24, 2016. Until then, Edinburgh and London will have to agree on the terms of secession.

The final results are expected to be announced on Friday morning or afternoon. Local television channels will be reporting current results throughout the night in all 32 districts.

England and Scotland united under the Act of Union of in 1707. Prior to that, for about a hundred years, they had one king but different system of government.

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