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Scots vote on Independence, U.K.'s fate on knife's edge

11:06am EDT - 01:26

Ballot counting has begun in Scotland's referendum on independence, in a neck and neck vote that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Even as Scots were voting in their independence referendum, the counting of ballots sent by mail had already started. Scots are deciding whether to end a 307-year-long union with the United Kingdom and become an independent country. Polls show they're almost equally divided, although hundreds of thousands were still unsure. Alex Salmond, the leader of the "Yes" campaign to secede, cast his vote in his home district. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER, ALEX SALMOND, SAYING: "We've got the chance to build a more prosperous economy, but also a fairer society that's a wonderful, positive vision and that's why Scotland should grasp that opportunity with both hands." The independence movement says Scots deserve to choose their own destiny and create a more just society than the one managed for them by London. The "Yes" campaign got a last minute boost from British tennis star Andy Murray, who tweeted his support for independence. But polls show the "No" campaign -- those who want to say with the U.K., led by Alistair Darling - is leading with just a slight edge. How Scotland votes could have consequences across the globe. The U.K. is the sixth-largest economy in the world and a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Financiers in London have warned of market turmoil if it breaks up. Early results are expected around 4 am local time, Friday. By breakfast time, the fate of the union will be clear.

Scots vote on Independence, U.K.'s fate on knife's edge

11:06am EDT - 01:26

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