Scottish independence vote date

The Scottish independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

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Vote countdown begins after 'unnecessary delay'

The Better Together campaign said the countdown to Scotland's independence referendum has begun after "months of unnecessary delay".

The Better Together campaign has created a countdown clock to the referendum. Credit: Better Together

"We now have just over 18 months to go to win the arguments and win the referendum. We have already made huge strides ... However, we cannot for one minute assume that we have done enough", the campaign said on its website.

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Clarke attacks independent Scotland oil forecast

Former chancellor Ken Clarke made his comments in Edinburgh. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Former chancellor Ken Clarke has warned of the dangers of an economy based on oil revenues, as he attacked the SNP's predictions of a post-independence referendum North Sea boom.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Mr Clarke issued advice to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Finance Secretary John Swinney not to "bet the ranch" on figures "pulled from the air".

Mr Clarke, UK Minister without Portfolio, said, "If we were to have an independent Scotland, it is not the case that it would not somehow have to face up to the consequences of economic crisis".

Salmond: Bill 'most important' since Holyrood opened

First Minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill is "the most important legislation to be introduced" since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999.

Mr Salmond said the legislation is important for what it would allow Scotland to achieve "with the powers of an independent country".

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced 18th September, 2014, as the vote date. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"Next year the choice facing the people is one of two futures. A 'no' vote means a future of governments we didn't vote for, imposing cuts and policies we didn't support", he told Holyrood.

"A 'yes' vote means a future where we can be absolutely certain, 100% certain, that the people of Scotland will get the government they vote for", he added

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