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September 18th, 2014

Scottish voters have headed to the polls today to cast their ballot in a life-changing referendum which asked the electorate whether Scotland should be an independent country.

Polls have shown that the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes are extremely close, so every vote will count tonight and predictions of the outcome are far from certain. Counting will begin shortly after polls close at 10pm this evening. Both campaigns have been criticised for scaremongering and negative campaigning in what has been a battle that has heightened tensions in communities across Scotland and with their closest neighbours.

This post will update throughout the evening with key events and updated results in the map above.

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Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is posing a great question to all of his Scottish people, and, broadly, perhaps the whole world. Should Scotland gain independence from the UK?