Referendum deal to be finalised

PM David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will meet David Cameron on Monday (15th October) to finalise the terms of an historic referendum on Scottish independence.

It's likely 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote on a single yes/no question about whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.

If the deal is finalised, it will represent a compromise by both sides.

The announcement came after "substantial progress" was made in referendum talks between Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.

Westminster has the power to make an independence referendum legally certain by using a section 30 order to give Holyrood the authority to hold it.

Officials have now been asked to do some further work on the final details of the deal.

A joint statement issued by the Scottish Government and the Scotland Office after the meeting between Ms Sturgeon and Mr Moore said:

"We are on track for the full agreement, including the terms of a section 30 order, to be presented to the First Minister and the Prime Minister over the next few days."

– Joint statement: Ms Sturgeon and Mr Moore

However the First Minister has said in an interview that there is still plenty to be ironed out before the deal is done.

He is expected to meet with the Prime Minister David Cameron next week.