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Scotland's day of destiny and what it means for Northern Ireland

The nation goes to the polls with independence an eventual possibility. That could be a ticking time bomb politically for unionists here as the drive for unity would intensify

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Clash: Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), on the campaign trail for Scottish Independence

Clash: Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), on the campaign trail for Scottish Independence

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Clash: Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), on the campaign trail for Scottish Independence

On Thursday week, Scotland goes to the polls in what will be the mother of all elections. If voters return a pro-independence majority to Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon will have a powerful mandate to demand a second referendum.

The implications would extend far beyond her country's borders if one was granted and won. An independent Scotland could be a politically ticking time bomb for unionists here. Calls for a border poll would intensify.


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