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PM appeals to 'hearts and heads' in call for union

The Prime Minister launched into a brief argument for Scotland remaining as part of the UK after the Scottish referendum in 2014.

He said he believes the case for union can win the "arguments of the heart" as well as the "arguments of the head".

He said he is proud of what the UK has achieved together, such "defeating fascism" and the NHS and BBC.

But he also drew attention to the more than 12,000 people in Scotland employed by the defence industries, which he said were backed by the whole of the UK.

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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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I’m honoured to announce that on Thursday 18 September 2014 we will hold Scotland’s referendum #indyref #yes (AA)

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I believe on 18 September 2014 Scotland will vote YES to create a better country than we have now #indyref #yes (AA)

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 First Minister Alex Salmond will announce the referendum date before the Scottish parliament later today.

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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.
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".

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

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will announce the referendum date later today in a statement at Holyrood.

Scottish Secretary hints at referendum deal

The Secretary of State for Scotland stopped short of admitting tomorrow's referendum announcement will include detail on a single question.

Michael Moore admitted the Scottish Parliament has reached an agreement with the UK Government.

He said common ground was reached on making sure the vote was legal, fair and decisive.

He told ITV News: "Tomorrow we will be able to sign an agreement which will ensure we have a referendum on independence in Scotland that is legal, fair, decisive and is made in Scotland.

"It allows us to make the most important decision that Scots have made in 300 years. Do we stay part of the UK or do we go our separate way?

"We wanted to deliver a referendum that was legally watertight. That was fair and delivers the regular, recognised rules for a referendum. That it is decisive - that it gives us an outcome everybody can accept. On all those grounds we have secured what we wanted."

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