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Date set for poll on Scots' future.

SCOTLAND'S future in the United Kingdom will be put to the vote in a historic ballot next September.

First Minister Alex Salmond revealed September 18, 2014 as the long-awaited date for the independence referendum.

It will be a "historic day when the people will decide Scotland's future", he said.

Mr Salmond said: "I believe it will be the day we take responsibility for our country."

Ending the union will enable Scotland to have a "new, more modern relationship with the other nations of the UK" that would be a "true partnership of equals", he said.

"I believe on September 18, 2014 the people of Scotland will vote Yes to create a better country than we have now, one we can pass on with pride to the next generation."

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said: "I am confident when Scots go to the polls they will vote in favour of Scotland staying within a strong and secure UK family."

The UK Government minister said "The debate about Scotland's future has already begun and will only intensify, and that is something I look forward to."

Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said the referendum date is a "matter for the Scottish Government".
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Date:Mar 22, 2013
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