As-it-happened: Referendum date statement

Key points

  • First Minister Alex Salmond says the Scottish independence referendum will take place on Thursday, 18 September 2014.
  • The Independence Referendum Bill will see voters asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
  • A bill aimed at extending the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds came before the Scottish Parliament last week.

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Reporting:

  • Doug Kennedy 
  • Stuart Nicolson 
  • Deirdre Kelly 

Last updated 21 March 2013

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