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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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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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