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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.

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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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