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16 Pictures From The Last Time Scotland Voted In A Referendum

In 1997 Scotland held a referendum on whether to have its own parliament. It was an overwhelming Yes vote.

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1. Back in 1997 it was Labour pushing for a Yes vote in a Scottish referendum, believing that a Scottish parliament would curb Scottish nationalism.

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2. John Prescott, who has spent the current campaign waving No banners, toured Scotland in support of a Yes vote.

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3. And played a saxophone, for some reason.

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4. Donald Dewar was the Labour politician leading the Yes campaign.

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5. The campaign was comparatively straightforward.

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6. The leaflets looked a bit like this.

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7. And this.

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8. And this.

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9. In this photo, Peter Mandelson is holding up a Yes T-shirt that looks like as if it was designed by someone who'd spent a bit too long obsessing over The KLF.

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10. Oh, and Mandelson also kissed babies.

The baby is Robyn Feeney of Rutherglen. Who will now be old enough to vote in this year's referendum.
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The baby is Robyn Feeney of Rutherglen. Who will now be old enough to vote in this year's referendum.

11. On election day, 11 September 1997, the ballots were taken to Meadowbank in Edinburgh.

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12. The votes were counted.

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13. The referendum was overwhelmingly for Yes.

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14. Yes supporters were happy.

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15. And some people were very, very happy.

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16. And Scotland celebrated having a parliament with limited devolved powers.

No one expected we'd be doing this all over again for full independence just 17 years later.
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No one expected we'd be doing this all over again for full independence just 17 years later.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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