Key query on Scotland independence announced
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 08:57
London: "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" That is the question people in Scotland will be asked during a landmark referendum in 2014 on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.

The question was today announced byScotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond.

Salmond, who is the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), said the question was "short, straightforward and clear".

Scotland currently has its own parliament called Holyrood, which has several powers independent of Westminster.

Launching a public consultation today, Salmond said the Electoral Commission had been appointed to regulate the referendum. He said the decision would be the most important made by the people of Scotland in 300 years.

Ministers in the David Cameron government have clashed with the Scottish government over who has the legal power to hold the referendum.


First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 00:56

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