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Key information sources

Scotland's Future - A National Conversation imageThe National Conversation was conducted by the Scottish Government between August 2007 and November 2009 inviting public comment on a range of potential changes to the country's constitution.

It began with the publication of a discussion paper Choosing Scotland's Future, and culminated in the publication of Your Scotland Your Voice, a White Paper laying out options supported by detailed policy papers.

Constitutional Reform

The date of the independence referendum is Thursday, September 18, 2014.

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A consultation on the referendum began on January 25, 2012 and closed on May 11, 2012. Read an analysis of more than 26,000 responses.

On October 15, 2012, the Edinburgh Agreement was signed by First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron. The Agreement ensures that the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood is able to deliver a referendum that meets the highest standards of fairness, transparency and propriety.

On January 30, 2013 the Scottish Government accepted the Electoral Commission’s recommendation on the wording of the independence referendum question: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes/No.'

A White Paper Scotland's Future - a guide to an independent Scotland was published on November 26, 2013.

View a summary of the White Paper

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