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It's Not Just Brexit, Scottish Independence Is Back in Play

  • Nationalists lead poll by 30 points before May 5 election
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Attendees hold copies of the Scottish National Party (SNP) election manifesto at its launch event in in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Attendees hold copies of the Scottish National Party (SNP) election manifesto at its launch event in in Edinburgh, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Gary Noble was drilling wellheads in the North Sea when he voted for Scottish independence in 2014. Having lost his oil job and found work selling electrical appliances and couches in a rent-to-own store in Aberdeen, he’d jump at the chance to vote the same way again.

“I went from 50,000 pounds ($73,000) a year to queuing for a food parcel,” said Noble, 31, his roustabout’s overalls swapped for a grey shirt, slacks and a name badge. “Aberdeen needs something done.”