Independence Bill debate

MSPs are set to debate the legislation that will allow the independence referendum to happen next year.

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Independence Bill provides "appropriate foundation for referendum"

As set out in the Bill, the vote will take place on September 18th 2014.

People will be asked to answer 'yes' or 'no' to the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

"While the committee identified some issues that require clarification or amendment ... the whole committee was able to agree that the Bill provides an appropriate foundation for next year's referendum.

Indeed, the Electoral Commission told us it was 'a strong piece of legislation' able to deliver a referendum 'that truly puts the voter first'."

– Bruce Crawford, Convener

The Bill also sets out spending limits for the two main campaign groups, Yes Scotland and Better Together, and the rules surrounding the referendum's purdah period which prevents government from announcing any new legislation.

MSPs have already agreed to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds.

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