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.

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Scottish independence vote date

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