Scotland Referendum: How the youth will vote

Tue May 06 2014, 17:37 hrs
Saffron Dickson, 16, poses for a photograph in Glasgow city centre April 1, 2014. Saffron who is active in the Radical Independence Campaign said, "It's crazy not to have self determination. We need complete control over everything. It's the only way the Scottish people can make decisions for themselves and not by an out of touch government." (Reuters)
Saffron Dickson, 16, poses for a photograph in Glasgow city centre April 1, 2014. Saffron who is active in the Radical Independence Campaign said, "It's crazy not to have self determination. We need complete control over everything. It's the only way the Scottish people can make decisions for themselves and not by an out of touch government." (Reuters)
Yasmin Gray (L), 16, and Leonie Matthews, who will be 16 at time of the vote, pose for a photograph while getting ready to go to a friend's 16th birthday party in Nairn, Invernesshire March 8, 2014. Yasmin is undecided on how she will vote in the referendum and said, "I have heard different opinions from family members and the news. I am 60% yes because I think it will benefit our economy and there would be less tax in an independent Scotland. However, the 40% is no because I believe that Scotland being independent will affect our future generations as most of our money comes from oil - it will eventually run out and this will leave Scotland inevitably bust." Leonie, who plans to vote no said, "England needs Scotland and Scotland needs England for both countries to function properly." (Reuters)
Yasmin Gray (L), 16, and Leonie Matthews, who will be 16 at time of the vote, pose for a photograph while getting ready to go to a friend's 16th birthday party in Nairn, Invernesshire March 8, 2014. Yasmin is undecided on how she will vote in the referendum and said, "I have heard different opinions from family members and the news. I am 60% yes because I think it will benefit our economy and there would be less tax in an independent Scotland. However, the 40% is no because I believe that Scotland being independent will affect our future generations as most of our money comes from oil - it will eventually run out and this will leave Scotland inevitably bust." Leonie, who plans to vote no said, "England needs Scotland and Scotland needs England for both countries to function properly." (Reuters)
Leanne Wharton, 16, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Leanne said she plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum as she thinks an independent Scotland will have more freedom. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. (Reuters)
Leanne Wharton, 16, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Leanne said she plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum as she thinks an independent Scotland will have more freedom. When Scotland's nationalist government dropped the voting age to 16 for this year's referendum on independence, it was widely seen as banking on teenage radicalism to ensure a break with the United Kingdom. If so, it may have miscalculated. (Reuters)
School student Katie Cocozza poses for a photograph at her friends house in Linlithgow in central Scotland March 16, 2014. Katie will be 16 when she votes in September and plans to vote "No" at the moment. She said, "There is a lack of engagement within my year group and we haven't seen much campaign material from each of the political parties explaining their position and the effects it would have specifically for my generation." (Reuters)
School student Katie Cocozza poses for a photograph at her friends house in Linlithgow in central Scotland March 16, 2014. Katie will be 16 when she votes in September and plans to vote "No" at the moment. She said, "There is a lack of engagement within my year group and we haven't seen much campaign material from each of the political parties explaining their position and the effects it would have specifically for my generation." (Reuters)
Ninian Gibson, 16, poses for a photograph at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Ninian, who plans to vote "No" in the referendum, said, "Though I think Scotland should have full control over its own affairs I think that the U.K. is an important force in the world that it should be kept united." (Reuters)
Ninian Gibson, 16, poses for a photograph at Duddingston Loch in Edinburgh March 4, 2014. Ninian, who plans to vote "No" in the referendum, said, "Though I think Scotland should have full control over its own affairs I think that the U.K. is an important force in the world that it should be kept united." (Reuters)
Zeth Clarkson, 16, who is originally from Cumbria, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Zeth plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum and said, "I think Scotland will cope better with the economy on their own." (Reuters)
Zeth Clarkson, 16, who is originally from Cumbria, poses for a photograph in Hawick, Scotland April 1, 2014. Zeth plans to vote "Yes" in the referendum and said, "I think Scotland will cope better with the economy on their own." (Reuters)
Megan McKay, 16, from Macduff, poses for a photograph on the Aberdeenshire coastline March 7, 2014. Megan is voting "Yes" in the referendum and said, ''I think it will provide better opportunities for young people including students. I feel that it will provide Scotland with better opportunities and will become a wealthier nation." (Reuters)
Megan McKay, 16, from Macduff, poses for a photograph on the Aberdeenshire coastline March 7, 2014. Megan is voting "Yes" in the referendum and said, ''I think it will provide better opportunities for young people including students. I feel that it will provide Scotland with better opportunities and will become a wealthier nation." (Reuters)
Sophie Johnstone, 16, poses for a photograph on the suspension bridge in Dumfries, southwest Scotland, March 3, 2014. Sophie is still undecided about how she will vote in the referendum. (Reuters)
Sophie Johnstone, 16, poses for a photograph on the suspension bridge in Dumfries, southwest Scotland, March 3, 2014. Sophie is still undecided about how she will vote in the referendum. (Reuters)
Scottish country dancer Mairie McGillivray,16, dances on the beach at Bridgend as she poses for a photograph on the Hebridean island of Islay, March 11, 2014. Mairie will vote "yes" in the referendum and said, "I believe that Scotland isn't governed by democratic means due to our lack of representation in Westminster and that we would be better off as an independent nation, both culturally and financially." (Reuters)
Scottish country dancer Mairie McGillivray,16, dances on the beach at Bridgend as she poses for a photograph on the Hebridean island of Islay, March 11, 2014. Mairie will vote "yes" in the referendum and said, "I believe that Scotland isn't governed by democratic means due to our lack of representation in Westminster and that we would be better off as an independent nation, both culturally and financially." (Reuters)
Piper Danny Hutcheson, 16, poses for a photograph on the coastline of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland March 6, 2014. Danny will vote "No" in the referendum because he is unsure what would happen with a "Yes" vote. (Reuters)
Piper Danny Hutcheson, 16, poses for a photograph on the coastline of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland March 6, 2014. Danny will vote "No" in the referendum because he is unsure what would happen with a "Yes" vote. (Reuters)
Sean Sutherland, 16, poses for a photograph on a building site in Oban, Argyll and Bute March 13, 2014. Sean who is on a working rights scheme said he will vote "No" and believes Scotland is better off as part of the union. (Reuters)
Sean Sutherland, 16, poses for a photograph on a building site in Oban, Argyll and Bute March 13, 2014. Sean who is on a working rights scheme said he will vote "No" and believes Scotland is better off as part of the union. (Reuters)
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