Scottish referendum a 'once-in-a-generation event'

Alex Salmond has hailed the independence referendum as an opportunity of a lifetime on the day that marks a year until the historic vote. Credit: PA

Scotland's First Minister and the Scottish Secretary have hailed the independence referendum as an opportunity of a lifetime on the day that marks exactly a year until the historic vote.

Speaking before a debate at the Scottish Parliament on Scotland's future, First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Today marks one year to the biggest opportunity Scotland has ever had.

"Referendums like this are a once-in-a-generation event which means the vote on September 18 next year will be the opportunity of a lifetime for many people in Scotland, as we get the chance to choose our country's future."

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