“Today we will unveil the date for the 2014 referendum, which marks a significant and important step in Scotland’s independence journey.
“We have an ambitious vision for this country, one that is prosperous and successful, reflecting Scottish values of fairness and opportunity, promoting equality and social cohesion.
"But I believe this vision can only be realised through the powers that independence will bring.
“In an independent Scotland, it will be this Government’s upmost priority to create a system that will encourage young people into work."
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