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Scottish newspaper declares support for independence

Published on May 4, 2014 8:54 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Scotland's Sunday Herald became the first British newspaper to openly support Scottish independence on Sunday, a fillip for nationalists ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum.

All Scottish residents aged 16 and over will be able to vote on whether to end the country's 307 year-old union with England and leave the United Kingdom. If a majority vote in favour, Scotland will become an independent country on March 24, 2016.

The Glasgow-based paper, which has a circulation of 24,000 per issue, declared its editorial stance with a bold front page carrying the words "Sunday Herald says Yes" and incorporating Scotland's national floral emblem, a purple thistle.

"Having considered the arguments, the Sunday Herald sincerely and emphatically believes that the best outcome is a vote for independence," the paper said in an article announcing its decision. "We view the referendum not as a choice between the status quo and an uncertain future, but as between a bankrupt political structure and the chance to remake our society in a more equal, inclusive, open and just way."

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