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The Scottish Government has agreed to change the question it will put to voters in next year's independence referendum, after concerns that its preferred version could be biased towards a Yes vote.
First Minister Alex Salmond had proposed to ask:
"Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?"
However, the independent elections watchdog, the Electoral Commission, said using the phrase was felt "to be biased towards a Yes outcome and potentially leading people towards a Yes vote".
The Scottish Government has accepted the commission's recommendation that the question should now be:
"Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes/No."
The Electoral Commission will publish its advice on Scotland's independence referendum later.
They are expected to shorten the SNP's preferred question for voters;
'Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country? '
The commission will also announce plans for campaign spending limits.