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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Alex Salmond: 'I believe Scotland will vote yes'

Following his announcement that Scotland's independence referendum will be held on Thursday 18th September, 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond wrote:

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Apprentices to weld Scottish referendum date in steel

Once Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the independence referendum date, apprentices at Steel Engineering Ltd. will weld that date in steel.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon inspects the '2014' section of date. Credit: Twitter/@thesnp

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has visited the firm ahead of the statement and inspected the only section of the referendum date that is known - 2014.

Nicola Sturgeon visits apprentices at Steel Engineering Ltd. Credit: Twitter/@thesnp

Sturgeon: 'Today is a very special day' for Scotland

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called today "a very special day" as the date of the independence referendum will finally be revealed.

In a video released by the Scottish government, Ms Sturgeon said, "This is a very special occasion, and I think everybody in Scotland - whether you're a 'yes' voter, a 'no' voter, or if you've yet to make up your mind - will understand how momentous this occasion is."

"It names the date on which everybody in Scotland gets the chance to take our future into our own hands".

Scotland's Deputy First Minister signs independence Bill

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posted this picture of her signing the independence referendum bill.

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon signs the independence referendum Bill. Credit: Twitter/@NicolaSturgeon

She wrote on Twitter, "When I joined @thesnp at 16, I never imagined I'd one day put my signature on an #indyref Bill #specialmoment #yes".

The SNP said this image of Nicola Sturgeon signing the Bill is an 'historic moment'. Credit: Twitter/@thesnp

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Nicola Sturgeon: 'An independent Scotland is priority'

The date of Scotland's vote on independence will be announced today, the Scottish Government previously said it is likely to happen in autumn 2014.

Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Today we will unveil the date for the 2014 referendum which marks a significant and important step in Scotland's independence journey.

"In an independent Scotland, it will be this Government's utmost priority to create a system that will encourage young people into work environments like these, allowing them to play a full, active role in our society."

Scottish independence vote date to be announced

The date of Scotland's independence referendum will be announced today, with First Minister Alex Salmond making a statement at Holyrood this afternoon.

Two men wave a Union and Saltire flags in Edinburgh, Scotland Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister, said the announcement "marks a significant and important step in Scotland's independence journey".

Details of the vote are also expected today, to be laid out in the Referendum Bill.

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