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.
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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Scottish independence vote date

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