Referendum countdown

The people of Scotland will go to the polls a year from today to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

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Vote will be "memorable and above all, historic" says Scottish Secretary

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said that in 12 months people will make a choice that "will affect our nation's future forever".

"This is an absolutely defining moment and a once-in-a-lifetime choice. That's why I hope people will think carefully as they prepare for the vote.

"I firmly believe that Scotland will be stronger, more secure and more prosperous if we remain as part of the UK.

"Between now and next September I will continue to argue this case as well as providing what I believe will be robust and persuasive evidence.

"I'm sure the year ahead will be both challenging and exciting as the arguments crystallise and people prepare to cast their vote. It will also be memorable and, above all, historic.

"We are all privileged to be able to play a part in it."

– Michael Moore MP

One year to go until historic vote

There is exactly one year to go until the historic vote on Scottish Independence.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond and Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore have both said that the referendum on September 18 next year represents the opportunity of a lifetime.

"Today marks one year to the biggest opportunity Scotland has ever had. Referendums like this are a once-in-a-generation event which means the vote on September 18 next year will be the opportunity of a lifetime for many people in Scotland, as we get the chance to choose our country's future.

"Scotland can more than afford to be a successful independent country. We have enormous advantages in terms of our human and natural resources, but we need the political and economic tools to help create a wealthier and fairer society.

"This referendum is not about any one politician or party. It is about completing Scotland's home rule journey which has been under way for more than a century."

– First Minster Alex Salmond, Speaking before a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Scotland's Future

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