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After months of waiting, the date of Scotland's independence referendum has finally been revealed.
Voters will go to the polls on the 18th of September 2014.
The First Minister made the announcement at Holyrood this afternoon.
Watch the full report from Kathryn Samson below.
Borders MP and the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, has welcomed the referendum date:
A huge sign of the chosen date for the independence referendum has been constructed outside Holyrood.
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said that with the date set "we can see an end in sight", but Scotland will be "on pause" until the independence referendum is out of the way.
The date means Scotland's independence referendum will be held in between the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Following his announcement that Scotland's independence referendum will be held on Thursday 18th September, 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond wrote:
in 547 days from now - Thursday 18th September 2014 -Scotland will vote "yes" or "no" to independence.
First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that the people of Scotland will cast their vote on independence on 18th September 2014.
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called today "a very special day" as the date of the independence referendum will finally be revealed.
In a video released by the Scottish government, Ms Sturgeon said, "This is a very special occasion, and I think everybody in Scotland - whether you're a 'yes' voter, a 'no' voter, or if you've yet to make up your mind - will understand how momentous this occasion is."
"It names the date on which everybody in Scotland gets the chance to take our future into our own hands".