Motherwell voters go to the polls on referendum d-day

Muir Street Primary, Mothewell, is a referendum polling station.
Muir Street Primary, Mothewell, is a referendum polling station.

A steady stream of voters have been arriving at Motherwell’s Muir Street Primary School to have their say in the historic independence referendum.

After casting their vote, some were coy and refused to say which way they’d gone, but others were happy to talk about one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make in their lifetime.

Veronique Arthur revealed she changed her mind in the days before the referendum because of pledges from UK party leaders of more powers for a devolved Scotland.

She said: “I voted No. I decided to give the UK Government one more chance. I believe they will give Scotland more powers.”

Elizabeth Boyd and husband John both voted Yes.

Elizabeth doesn’t think Westminster will deliver on more powers. She said: “I don’t believe a word of it.”

John added: “Funny how the Westminster leaders suddenly came together at a late stage. Why didn’t they do this a year ago? They’re making promises they can’t keep.”

And another Yes voter, who wouldn’t give his name, said he’d never been in any doubt about which side to support.

He said: “I’m fed up with the way Scotland has been treated and I don’t believe the promises.”

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