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Rachel Clarke: Berliner since 1995, Theater Director, Dunbarton
I’m definitely for “Yes”. People really have gained hope that there is going to be more grassroots democracy, people are going to have more control over their own lives and they want to change the land law and get rid of these huge big estates. I was born when Margaret Thatcher came in, I saw those 16 years. We are always voting more or less left wing in Scotland and always getting a conservative government as long as I can remember. I’m for “Yes” and I hope that this great wave of enthusiasm and change continues and people really have the chance to change things in Scotland.
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Perry Filippeos: Berliner since 2008, Comedian, Dumfries
If I were to vote, I’m torn in the same way most people are. My heart says “Yes” just because let’s see what happens, we should be independent, why not be our own country? But then the more you think about it, it’s not very often that a political issue becomes very personal at least not to me. The more I think about the “Yes” vote and how complicated things are going to be, the more I tend to think that maybe “No” is the better option because our situation isn’t too bad at the moment anyway. It’s not like we are occupied by the English!
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Ryan: Berliner since 2002, works in English teaching, Ayreshire
I think the Scottish are a bunch of shitehearts! If there was a yes vote there would be wide scale civil unrest. I haven’t lived in Scotland since 1999 so I can’t vote. I’m not going to change my mind, it would be a “Yes” but the intensity of which I would put that cross in the “Yes” box now seems way different from say a week ago or two weeks ago. The intensity hasn’t increased but it’s more qualified, it’s more cautious. This is big talk time. This is a decision we’re not going to escape easy. My father is one of the leading campaigners for “No” in the town where I come from.
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Sam Smernicki: Berliner since 2013, Bartender/Freelance writer, Montrose
I haven’t managed to vote and it’s something I feel very strongly about so I’m very disappointed in myself that I didn’t fill out the paper work in time. I’m very for independence and I think it’s an amazing opportunity. The political system in the UK is badly failing the Scottish people. The government doesn’t reflect how the people in Scotland are voting. The Labour party is a joke these days, it’s just become another right of center party. I think things in the UK are going to get a lot worse in the next five or 10 years.
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Sarah McKee: Berliner since 2012, Helensburgh
I’ve just been over in Scotland the last two weeks in Helensburgh where the Tridents (nuclear missiles) are kept and I’ve never seen the town so involved in what is happening with their countries fate. I would vote “Yes” with a lot of provisos, in the full knowledge that my family is voting a different way. They would all cancel out my vote. I’m just feeling positive and excited about the future! The policies of the parties who are backing the “Yes” campaign seem far preferable to the Westminster government’s. Indeed the politics of Westminster are one of the reasons I left the United Kingdom. I’m far more liberal than the government provides for. I didn’t feel represented there. For me a “Yes” vote indicates hopefulness about the future and a more ethical approach to politics and international relations.
"Aye" or "Nut"?! Judging from the people we met on the streets, it seems like a definite "Aye".
Today, September 18, is set to be a historic day for Scotland – the referendum laid in front of the Scots could see the end of a 300-plus year union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Before the results are released in the wee small hours of tomorrow morning, we talked to the Scottish people of Berlin about a potential Independence Day. Click the slideshow above to see what they had to say.