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Following his announcement that Scotland's independence referendum will be held on Thursday 18th September, 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond wrote:
in 547 days from now - Thursday 18th September 2014 -Scotland will vote "yes" or "no" to independence.
The Scottish independence referendum will be held on 18 September, 2014, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.
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 has visited the firm ahead of the statement and inspected the only section of the referendum date that is known - 2014.
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 Nicola Sturgeon posted this picture of her signing the independence referendum bill.
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 date of Scotland's vote on independence will be announced today, the Scottish Government previously said it is likely to happen in autumn 2014.
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."
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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First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the long-awaited date of Scotland's independence referendum - 18th September, 2014.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will today announce the date for the country's referendum on independence.