Expats will not vote in Scotland referendum

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The Scottish Government has rejected calls to extend the vote on independence to expatriates.

It follows the proposal by a Labour MSP to let Scots living outside the country take part in the referendum,which is expected in 2014.

Bruce Crawford, the Minister for Parliamentary Business, said the idea went against international precedent and would be too complex.

He said the referendum would "engage the intellects and emotions" of many people who felt a strong affinity for Scotland but that only those registered to vote in the country would be eligible to take part.