Foreign Nationals to Vote in Scotland Referendum

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Scotland is set to hold a vote on their independence from the UK in sixth months. Foreign students play a key factor in voting to keep the country unified. (March 18)

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Edinburgh - March 17, 2104

1. Mid, man playing bagpipes

2. Close up, kilt of bagpiper

3. Wide, man playing bagpipe

4. Mid, Scotland store fronts with flags

5. Wide, Edinburgh castle

6. Wide, soldier firing cannon at castle

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Edinburgh - March16, 2014

6. Pan right of United Kingdom flag, Scottish flag and EU flag

7. Wide, Edinburgh University student union building

8. Close up, Scottish flag at student union building

++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED BY SHOT 10++

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Navraj Glaleigh, Edinburgh University, transcript below

10. Various of students drinking at student union building

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Baron Hasslinger, Swedish/German student

12. Mid, 'No Vote' activists on street

13. Pan right, activists walking on street

14. Mid, activists knocking on door

15. Various high shots of Edinburgh

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THE FUTURE OF SCOTLAND COULD HINGE ON A SMALL GROUP OF VOTERS WHO AREN'T EVEN SCOTTISH

EXACTLY SIX MONTHS FROM NOW, SCOTLAND WILL DECIDE ON WHETHER TO STAY A PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OR DECLARE THEIR INDEPENDENCE.

WHAT MAKES THIS REFERENDUM SO DIFFERENT? ANYONE FROM A EUROPEAN UNION OR BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COUNTRY CAN VOTE, AS LONG AS THEY RESIDE IN SCOTLAND.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Navraj Glaleigh, Edinburgh University:

"Now, if the vote was extremely tight, those EU and Commonwealth citizens - who are actually very, very small in number, we're talking less than 100-thousand out of an overall four million - could have an impact on the outcome. I think it's very unlikely, but it's a possibility."

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Baron Hasslinger, 21, Swedish/German student:

"I will probably vote 'no', but primarily because I'm not sure about all the consequences."

EU CITIZENS ACROSS SCOTLAND HAVE TAKEN THE DEBATE TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, KNOCKING ON DOORS IN SUPPORT OF A UNIFIED SCOTLAND AND UNITED KINGDOM

WITH SIX MONTHS UNTIL VOTING DAY, THE 'NO' VOTE IS SUSTAINING A COMFORTABLE LEAD IN THE POLLS.

THE WORLD CAN WATCH SCOTLAND'S FUTURE UNFOLD IN A FINAL VOTE ON SEPTEMEBER 18TH

SIGOUT - Emily Roseman/Associated Press

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