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Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:30 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - A million Scots living outside of Scotland should be allowed to vote in a referendum this year on whether their country becomes an independent nation, one of them said on Monday, Jan 27, 2014, as he sought backing for a legal challenge.

Mr James Wallace, a Scottish-born trainee lawyer who lives in England, is among the 1.15 million Scots who are excluded from the vote as they are not resident there.

Anyone over the age of 16 living in Scotland - about 80 per cent of the 5.2 million population - has the right to vote on Sept 18 either for independence or to remain part of Britain alongside England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

That means 800,000 Scots living in the rest of Britain and others in large Scottish communities in countries such as the United States, Canada and Ireland will have no say.

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