Britain, Scotland sign independence deal

2012-10-15 15:03

Edinburgh - British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed an agreement on Monday to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence.

TV pictures showed the two men signing the agreement in Edinburgh.

"The referendum agreement has been signed," a spokesperson for Cameron's Downing Street residence said, following talks in Edinburgh between Cameron and Salmond, who leads the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

The referendum could lead to the United Kingdom breaking up after 300 years, leaving only England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the union.

Cameron strongly opposes a Scottish breakaway and the signing of the terms fires the starting gun on two years of campaigning pitching the leaders on opposite sides.

After months of negotiations, the deal is expected to give Scotland's administration the power to hold a vote in the final quarter of 2014, offering Scots a straight yes-or-no question on leaving the United Kingdom.

But support among Scots for independence appears to be slipping, with a survey by pollsters TNS-BMRB released last week showing 28% in favour and 53% opposed.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-10-15 15:15

    It will be fitting to call it the Bannockburn Referendum :D

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-15 15:54


  • sxp - 2012-10-15 15:56

    Hopefully the Scottish people will for once not be their own worst enemy.

  • willemdaniel.venter - 2012-10-15 17:23

    This past Sunday the New Flemish Alliance, striving for the independence of the Dutch speaking Flemish from Belgium, won a landslide victory in a regional election, ending 90 years of socialist rule in the city of Antwerpen. Interesting times ahead if they succeed.

  • raymond.dick.12 - 2012-10-15 17:56

    What a freaking terrible headline! N24 ~ what you doing dudes? Do you actually get paid for this kind of misleading rubbish? (delete this one too if you wish)

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