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22 July 2014 Last updated at 08:23
Full referendum timeline
  • Key events along the path to the Scottish referendum


  • February 2013


    The Section 30 Order giving Holyrood powers to hold a referendum by the end of 2014 was agreed by the Privy Council, a body made up of senior UK political figures.

  • March 2013


    The Scottish government introduces a Referendum Bill to the Scottish Parliament setting out the date of the ballot - 18 September, 2014.

  • November 2013


    The SNP government publishes its 670-page 'blueprint for independence' White Paper. The unionist parties will also publish their ideas for keeping the UK together.

  • December 2013


    Royal Assent is given to the Referendum Bill, making it an act of the Scottish Parliament.

  • May 2014


    A formal 16-week campaign period begins during which time limits will apply to the amount of money registered campaigners can spend.

  • September 2014


    On Thursday, 18 September, people in Scotland vote in the independence referendum. They will be asked the yes/no question: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

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