16:52 UK time, Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Three events: each significant, each with a longer term impact. Of the three, the greatest significance may ultimately lie not with the new and unexpected but with the development which was forecast.
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.
The Scottish government introduces a Referendum Bill to the Scottish Parliament setting out the date of the ballot - 18 September, 2014.
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.
Royal Assent is given to the Referendum Bill, making it an act of the Scottish Parliament.
A formal 16-week campaign period begins during which time limits will apply to the amount of money registered campaigners can spend.
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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