Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Salmond: 'Independence vote will be Scotland's big decision'

First Minister Alex Salmond has said a vote on independence will be Scotland's biggest decision for 300 years.

In a BBC television interview, he defended his plan to hold a referendum in 2014.

Mr Salmond argued that fundamental constitutional change required a "considered timetable".

The first minister was in London to deliver the Hugo Young lecture, following in the footsteps of politicians such as David Cameron.

Nick Robinson reports.

Go to next video: 'Independence good for England' claim