Scotland's future
23 April 2014 Last updated at 11:34
Full referendum timeline
  • 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?"

Your questions

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Referendum date

  • 18 September 2014

    "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland Article written by Brian Taylor Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

Quiet surrender over corroboration

In the past, there had been sound and fury. There had been finger jabbing. There had been angry accusations - and indignant counter claims.

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Features & Analysis

  • Women's handsThe fairer X

    BBC broadcaster Jackie Bird speaks to women about what they want from the referendum

  • Aye and NawcardsThe persuaders Watch

    Who is behind the campaigns on Scottish independence?

  • Voting formCount me in

    The BBC's Laura Bicker looks at how voter registration is going

  • A polling stationDo I get a vote?

    We explain what happens if you're on holiday or turning 16 on referendum day

  • Twitter iconsYour views

    How the latest BBC TV referendum debate went down

  • Referendum cakesWhat happens next? Watch

    Sixty-second explainer looking at a 'Yes' and a 'No' result

  • Welder working on shipShould it worry?

    Examining the five areas of concern voiced by the CBI

  • Child playing with lettersFamily planning

    Exploring the issues at the heart of the post-Yes childcare debate

  • Question markMaybes aye, maybes naw

    Prof John Curtice looks at who the undecideds in the referendum are

  • Shell signBig business

    Airlines, banks, and financial firms talk about 'Yes' and 'No'

  • A cakeFair share

    Is Scotland the world's 14th richest nation?

  • Kevin BridgesStar reaction

    Yes, no, not sure and not telling - comedians are talking politics

  • Oil platformOil facts

    North Sea resources - how big and how lucrative?

  • A brain scanMind games

    Psychologists on how Scots will react to currency union rejection

  • Currency'Plan B'

    Is there an alternative to a currency union?


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