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CLIP: Scottish Independence Referendum

AIR DATE: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brian Taylor, Political Editor, BBC Scotland discusses the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.


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  • Taylor, Brian
    Political Editor
    BBC Scotland
KEYWORDS: Comparative Government, Foreign Affairs, Referendum, Political Participation, Scotland, Independence, Voting