"Yes" supporters, displaying the French word "oui" on their clothes, at a rally in Quebec City, Canada (29 October 1995 file picture)
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Past independence referendums around the world explained

Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday to decide on independence.

The referendum in Scotland is just the latest such vote to have taken place in various countries.

So how have independence referendums played out in other countries in previous years?

BBC News looks at past independence votes around the world.

  • 16 Sep 2014
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