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Scottish independence: "It is head and heart" says Salmond

18 September 2013 Last updated at 12:47 BST

Alex Salmond, leader of SNP, says Scottish independence is "a noble ideal".

The first minister's remarks come as the Scottish Parliament is set to debate Scotland's future - one year before voters are to decide in a referendum whether it should become an independent country.

Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor that: "It is head and heart".

'No' campaigners argue that Scotland's best interests lie in remaining part of the larger UK.