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On the road to reconciliation

It's now almost a month since the referendum vote in Scotland. It aroused strong passions on both sides - It strained friendships and in some cases divided families.

So, as the dust settles, are people putting those differences behind them or have they become more entrenched?

Tim Backshall has been to meet two well-known campaigners who had very different views during the debate.


Farming community as divided as the rest of Scotland

Many of the people in Scotland come from rural towns and villages, where farming has a huge impact on the economy. Farming subsidies and trade has been a key battleground for local campaigners from both sides.

Jenny Longden has been speaking to two farmers with opposite views, on what they think the referendum means to The Farming Industry.


Borderers urged to make sure they vote in Referendum

Counting Officer for the Scottish Borders Council Area, Tracey Logan is urging voters to make sure they cast their vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September to ensure their views are counted.

Voting opens on Thursday 18th September Credit: PA

“If you are voting in person at your designated polling station on Thursday – please just take a few minutes to plan when you are going to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm but make sure you leave plenty time before the 10pm deadline. Anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote."

– Tracey Logan
  • Total electorate for the Scottish Borders Council Area - 95,533
  • Number of polling places in the Scottish Borders Council Area – 108
  • Number of ballot boxes - 176 from polling stations, plus 22 postal vote boxes
  • Number of election staff - 381 working in polling stations and 190 working at the count
  • Number of postal votes issued – 14,628 (excluding postal proxy votes)
  • Total postal proxy voters – 41
  • Total proxy voters - 979
  • Total number of registered under 18 voters in the Borders – 2,539

Former Carlisle Major backs Yes campaign

Craig Johnston supporting the Yes campaign Credit: Yes Campaign

A Labour and trade union figure from the North of England is urging Scotland to vote Yes.

Craig Johnston, who is the former Labour Mayor of Carlisle, believes independence will “energise the debate about devolution” across the UK by encouraging a movement of power from Westminster to the rest of England.

Mr Johnston, who now works as a regional organiser for the RMT union, which backed a Yes vote next week, hopes that in an independent Scotland people who have a trade union agenda could have more influence.

He said he hopes a new constitution will implement workers’ rights and “instil a bit of fairness in the workplace”.

Britrocks Festival says No to Independence

A festival promoting the Union between Scotland and the rest of the UK has taken place near the border, in Gretna.

As well as face-painting, music, and contributing to the Cairn, a tower of stones supporting the Union, festival goers joined up to create a No sign using the monument.

The No sign formed at the Britrocks festival Credit: Cumbria Gyrocopters
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