EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Beyond the United Kingdom, Scotland's independence referendum has direct implications for the world economy, global security and the future of Europe's remaining territorial monarchies, especially Spain. And it could be decided by a handful of teenagers.
In March 2013, Scottish law was changed to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Thursday's referendum for Scottish independence. The separatist Scottish National Party pushed for the change because, according to NBC News "younger voters are more inclined to vote with their hearts, not their heads -- and embrace radical change by voting for the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign.
"I think it will be a great thing to remember," says 16-year-old Katie Cowan.
"If we get independence ... to look back on that and know that we took part in it."
"I was a bit nervous but it feels really good," adds Scottish teen Lauren Forde.
"It's our future and we should be allowed to have a say in it. It is going to be a bit weird in school tomorrow after the results, though."
Not all Scottish teenagers' votes are motivated by a desire for a place in history.
"I feel that if there is a no vote, there is a threat to the [U.K.'s public National Health Service] from privatization," 17-year-old Kristen Murphy told USA Today. Murphy has long term health problems and fears her future will be handed over to private corporations if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.
"I am hopeful about the vote, but I also feel quite sick about it because I am fearful about the outcome."
Despite the theoretical advantage the youth vote grants SNP, 57 percent of Scots between 16 and 18 prefer Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom according to market research firm TubeMogul, versus 43 percent who support Scottish independence.