Newspapers declared Thursday a “day of destiny” in dramatic front pages streaked with blue, white and red as Scotland votes on whether to split from the United Kingdom.
On a front page covered with the Union Jack, which may have to be altered if Scotland chooses to become independent, The Times called Thursday “D-Day for the Union”.
Only one major newspaper has backed independence – Glasgow’s Sunday Herald, which on its last edition before the vote chose a front page mosaic of hundreds of “Yes” voter selfies forming a Scottish blue and white Saltire flag.
The Guardian’s Thursday front page showed an aerial picture of Scotland with sea submerging the other parts of the UK.
The Scotsman also put “Day of destiny” as its headline but chose an accompanying picture of a referendum polling station. Record numbers are expected to vote.
The front pages of several newspapers were rich with symbolism.
The Daily Mirror showed a man holding up a white and red union jack, missing the blue colour that represents Scotland in the flag.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Daily Mail showed the Saltire and Union Jack tied together in a knot.
The Independent’s front page referred to the centuries the countries had been united since the 1707 Acts of Union, with a headline “The 307-year itch”.
But business paper City A.M. chose an economic angle, with its front page headline “Better together, poorer apart” with a letter from the editor warning of economic risks to independence.
Refusing to pick a side, the Metro splashed the word “Vote” in thick black letters over its front page.