Scottish independence: One million Scots urged to sign 'yes' declaration


Supporters launch the 'Yes' campaign for Scottish independence

The "yes" campaign for independence wants one million Scots to sign a declaration of support by the time of the referendum in the autumn of 2014.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said independence would happen if that milestone was achieved.

The pledge was made at the launch of the Yes Scotland campaign in Edinburgh.

However, pro-union supporters believe independence remains largely unpopular among the Scottish electorate and will not happen.

The Scottish National Party played a leading role in the campaign, which was launched at Cineworld in Edinburgh and included other parties, celebrities and businesses.

What does the Yes Declaration say?

"I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all if decisions about Scotland's future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.

"Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

"There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity. We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations. We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.

"I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world - a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation."

A pro-union campaign is expected to launch later this year.

Mr Salmond said: "We unite behind a declaration of self-evident truth.

"The people who live in Scotland are best placed to make the decisions that affect Scotland.

"We want a Scotland that's greener, that's fairer and more prosperous.

"We realise that the power of an independent Scotland is necessary to achieve these great ends."

Some of the people who pledged their public support for the campaign did so for the first time.

Actor Alan Cumming, who has been based largely in the US, tweeted after the launch that he would "becoming a resident of Scotland again in order to vote in 2014".

Other "yes" backers included:

  • actor Sir Sean Connery
  • former BBC Scotland head of news Blair Jenkins
  • poet Liz Lochead
  • musician Pat Kane
  • actor Brian Cox.

Mr Salmond told the gathered media: "I want Scotland to be independent not because I think we are better than any other country, but because I know we're as good as any other country.

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"Like these other nations, our future, our resources, our success should be in our own hands."

The campaign will be built "brick by brick" across communities, he said.

Mr Salmond said that the case would be taken to the people by community activism and "online wizardry".

He added: "By the time we enter the referendum campaign in autumn 2014, our intention is to have one million Scots who have signed the independence for Scotland declaration.

"Friends, if we achieve that, then we shall win an independent Scotland."

Mr Salmond was supported at the launch, which was hosted by Greenock actor Martin Compston, by Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie.

He told the 500-strong gathering: "Greens are not nationalists. In fact, we are probably more comfortable than most parties in acknowledging the range of views that exist in our membership and our voters about the question of independence.

"But I believe, as most of us do, that the range of powers currently still held at Westminster simply make no sense from a Green perspective.

What's known at the moment

SNP position Unionist position

Wants the referendum in the autumn of 2014

Wants the referendum "sooner rather than later"

Backs a "yes/no" ballot but is open minded on including a second "devo max" question

Wants a one question "yes/no" ballot

Wants 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to vote in the referendum

Backs the status quo with 18 and over able to vote

Has agreed to the Electoral Commission overseeing the vote

Wanted the Electoral Commission to oversee the vote

"I certainly look forward to helping develop a clear and compelling case for Scotland to take a bold and radical step and vote Yes to independence in 2014."

SNP ministers, who want to hold a referendum in autumn 2014, have been holding talks with the UK government over the arrangements.

Yes Scotland, which has also won the support of the Scottish Socialist Party, is being billed as the biggest community based campaign in Scotland's history, designed to build a groundswell of support for an independent Scotland.

Meanwhile, former chancellor Alistair Darling, a Scottish Labour MP, pointed to a poll he had commissioned which suggested that 33% of those surveyed agreed that Scotland should become independent with 57% opposed and 10% undecided. The poll by YouGov took the views of 1,000 voters.

After the Yes Scotland launch, Mr Darling told the BBC: "The real problem that the nationalists have got is that their momentum has stalled and we can see from the poll that only one person in three has actually bought their message.

"I believe that people will come to see that we are better and stronger with the UK."

"I think that there are an awful lot of risks in simply walking away from the UK."

Mr Darling has been involved in meetings with Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to take forward the plans for a pro-union campaign which is expected to launch later this year.


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  • rate this

    Comment number 259.

    "Westminster government, which has never had Scotland's interests as any kind of priority"
    Many parts of Britain have been treated the same

    A lot of people have a lot of research to do about the history of Britain if they are ever going to make an informed decision on this matter

    We'll start with a simple one the James VI of 'scotland' inherited the 'english' throne

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    Comment number 258.

    Two years of this is going to drive me and many others bonkers.

    This should be an editors pick
    I'm voting yes btw

    We'll all be fine after Independence, the biggest benefits of Independence will be for Scotland and the North of England which will benefit from cross border trade

    The Independence Referendum is really a vote about the forced redistribution of wealth from the South East

  • rate this

    Comment number 257.

    As a Scottish person currently living in England because Scotland couldn't fulfil my employment needs, whether I agree or disagree is irrelevant.

    I'd just like a vote on the future of my country.

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    Comment number 256.

    The Scots are frustrated as they have been screwed in the past. The English are annoyed as they have no voice whereas the Scots are over represented (Hollyrood and Westminster). Both are correct. Give the English their own parliment and apologise to the Scots for screwing them in the past.
    (It is also a myth that residents North of the border are subsidised by residents in the South.)

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    Comment number 255.

    Scotland contributes more than its fair share??

    I am sure you cant wait for the burden on the Scottish Health Service and Education that will have to be subsidised through taxation.

  • rate this

    Comment number 254.

    from the snp government website.............. GERS ............. expenditure £64 billion - income only £45 billion including oil of only 6.4 billion and dropping fast since 1998 ............ How will independence change this?.........

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    Comment number 253.

    Goodbye UK. England you are just another failing little country now with old population, dwindling birth rate, unprecedendet immigration, pseudo democracy LibLabCon con run by rich oligarchs, unemployable schooleavers, drug addiction, youth crime, flee to the country, overbuilding, head in the sand, no future, flee abroad to where? former giant owning now spineless get out quick UK.

  • rate this

    Comment number 252.

    Like the sunshine brings out the flowers the independence issue brings out the "Well go on then get, lost ye Scotch gits" remarks from the narrow minded amongst our southern neighbours. Is it any wonder that independence is seen as a viable option when comments one would associate with spoiled children whose erstwhile friend has decided to go home for tea are spouted with such vitriol?

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    Comment number 251.

    139. davser

    Bank of Scotland is now owned by Lloyds Bank. RBS and Clydesdale Bank are Scottish Companies, whose registered offices are in Scotland and I think subject to Scottish Law.

    All three Banks are allowed to issue Scottish Bank Notes.

    These three banks together with Lloyds TSB Scotland form The Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers.

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    Comment number 250.

    Usual sentiments from the minority of scots who frequent this site. They should be under no illusion the vast majority of english are wholly indifferent to what scotland do. We can happily live without being blamed for all the Scottish woes aswell as providing public subsidy for the socttish politicians on the gravy train down in westminster..

  • rate this

    Comment number 249.

    How long is this going to take??!

    Draw up some bits of paper with YES and NO written on them and get people on a day sooner, rather than later, to make their choice. Before millions are spent trying to influence the minds of the people this concerns. Then count up the bits of paper and be done with it. It should take weeks (not years!) if Salmond trusted the public to back him!

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    Comment number 248.

    for gods sake, bring back the british empire & put an and to this sort of nonsense........

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    Comment number 247.


    Yep... B&Q have an offer on bricks I believe... Might have enough to fill in the Watford Gap whilst we're at it...

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    Comment number 246.

    If we Scots don't get a referendum soon we may well find that the indigenous Scottish Population will have become so diluted as a result of the very Immigration that Alex Salmond and his cronies so actively promotes that there will be a minority of Scots in Scotland before we even get to vote on it.

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    Comment number 245.

    It should be a clear yes or no referendum, lets clear this matter up once and for all. Independance brings responsibilities so if it goes wrong forget the BoE acting as lender of last resort, Scotland is on its own. It would also need to take with it its share of the deficit and debt.

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    Comment number 244.

    228. "The question of Scottish independence can only be answered by the Scottish people living in Scotland."

    So as a non-Scottish person living in Scotland I don't get a say about whether I will need my passport every time I come back from visiting my relatives in England? A little bit of thought please.....

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    Comment number 243.

    I live in Scotland and i'm actually quite scared because most of our people are bred in support for independance and will vote yes anyway just because they watched Braveheart the night before. The Uk is small, lets not make it smaller.

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    Comment number 242.

    This is a failure of the politicians - I disagreed with devolution being devisive and feared for a possible break-up then. Yet, it was apparently done to prevent any break-up.

    This is happening because of incompetent unscrupulous politicians in Westminster and an attempt to bypass democracy by not allowing all UK a say. Would 51% be enough for a mandate?

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    Comment number 241.

    @206. Yant_the_atheist

    "Scotland contributes more than it gets or the tories would have us out pretty quickly."

    Looking at some of the Tories policies and attitudes are you certain there isn't a Tory plot to get a "Yes" vote. That, coupled to the changes
    in the boundaries would (sadly) ensure a Tory government in the remainder of the UK for a long long time.

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    Comment number 240.

    It's up to the Scottish people, however I do believe those Scot's living in other parts of the UK should be allowed to vote. I'm English I'll support the Scot's whatever they decide.


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    A report by Barbour ABI said much of the money was spent upgrading Glasgow's sports facilities.

    Commonwealth Games athletes' village

    About £300m was accounted for by the athletes' village.

    A combined £217m was spent on the Emirates Arena, incorporating the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and purpose-built SSE Hydro national arena.

    16:01: Via Twitter Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland

    tweets: Break here at the bowls. Time for Lions to cool down in their own unique way @Wright33Peter#Glasgow2014

    Former British Lion Peter Wright enjoying a cone
    Prime Minister at Emirates Arena 15:50:

    The Prime Minister was a surprise spectator at the opening day of the Commonwealth badminton programme.

    David Cameron was at the Emirates Arena accompanied by Sir Craig Reedie CBE, a former President of the Badminton World Federation.

    David Cameron at Emirates Arena

    The pair watched fifth seeds Scotland sweep to a 5-0 win over Seychelles in Group C.

    Scotland are back in action tonight against Guernsey before facing New Zealand tomorrow evening.

    Top dog 15:47:

    Scottish terriers stole the show at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, leading every nation as competitors walked around the stadium.

    Scottie dog

    But how did Scottie dogs come to be a symbol of Scotland? All is revealed here.

    15:38: Via Twitter

    Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson ‏@mj88live tweets:

    Great start for us in the pool, lots of finalists tonight! 200m Br at 9.01pm...make some noise!! #TeamScotland#GoScotland

    Victory bowl 15:26:

    Scotland have made an excellent start on the opening day of the Lawn Bowls.

    The women's fours, men's triples and men's pair of Paul Foster and Alex Marshall all won their first matches at Kelvingrove Park.

    World singles champion Caroline Brown was also victorious and returns this evening to play Caroline Taylor from Wales.

    There was also an opening-day para success for the mixed pair of Irene Edgar and Robert Conway.

    Para-cycling chance 15:26:

    The first para-cycling gold medal will be decided later with England's Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott against Scotland's Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston in the tandem sprint final.

    15:22: Via Twitter

    tweet from @Trafficscotland: The M90 is now closed *Southbound* due to the vehicle fire at Broxden. Northbound is open, traffic very slow in the area.

    15:19: Via Twitter BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    tweets: Monkton - the A77 is down to one lane northbound between Sandyford Toll and The Dutchhouse Roundabout. Traffic slow moving here.

    Pool progress 15:15:

    Sixteen Scottish swimmers have qualified for this evening's finals and semi-finals - 12 in the individual events and four in the relay.

    The only Scot not to qualify was Caitlin McClatchey in the 200m freestyle - an event in which she won Commonwealth gold in 2006.

    But the 28-year-old former British record holder has another chance of glory when she races in the 400m later in the week.

    Queen bombed 15:07:

    The Queen couldn't help having a laugh with Sir Chris Hoy as Prince Imran struggled to open the baton at last night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. And the monarch has shown her sense of humour once more.

    Jayde Taylor

    Australian hockey player Jayde Taylor has tweeted: "Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!!"

    The sun is out 14:48: Via Twitter BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    tweets: Kinlochewe in the Highlands now 28.8C. #scorchio #hotspot

    Feeling heat 14:42:

    Rival Scottish swimmers Michael Jamieson and Ross Murdoch have been talking to the BBC ahead of tonight's 200m breastroke final.

    Murdoch impressed in edging out the Olympic silver medallist in their heat.

    "I'm absolute delighted with that swim," said the heat winner. "I've been swimming really well in our training camp - I'm in great shape."

    Ross Murdoch is congratulated by Michael Jamieson

    Amid speculation that Jamieson was holding back something for the final, the favourite to take the gold medal hinted that performing in front of his home fans had got to him.

    "I've managed to handle the pressure alright, but I'm not a robot - it wouldn't be natural if it didn't bother me on occasions," he said.

    "I've dealt with it alright and I'm trying to lap it up.

    "After the heats, you can see how dominant we are as a nation - not just in the Commonwealths. That would be the same in a global meet as well."

    Marine conservation 14:35:

    A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.

    Sea life

    The Scottish government is also considering the creation of 14 special protection areas for seabirds.

    Further plans would include four new areas for the protection of basking sharks, whales and dolphins.

    Silver sisters 14:23:

    Judo player Louise Renicks has told BBC Scotland's Keir Murray of her delight at reaching the final of the -52kg category - matching sister Kimberley's achievement in the -48kg event.

    Louise Renicks

    Both are now guaranteed at least silver medals when they fight in their respective finals later.

    "That's what the two of us came here to do - to reach the final and the two of us want to win it," said Louise.

    "It is feeling half emotional and half realising there's another fight to go. But it's just one more to go and that's us done."

    Top Scots 14:19: Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: Just to confirm, all six @Team_Scotland judo players in action today can win medals this evening. It's a great achievement.

    Death crash family named 14:12:

    Police have named the West Lothian family killed in a crash in Polmont.

    Graham Lockhart, 23, and Shauna Robb, 20, from Bathgate, were killed along with their son Tyler, two, and 11-month-old daughter Arianna.

    Crash scene

    The family's Fiat car was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry on the A801, where it joins with the M9 at about 14:20 on Wednesday.

    Police Scotland are urging witnesses to come forward. The lorry driver was not hurt in the crash.

    Party on 14:02:

    Long after the athletes and spectators had left Celtic Park following last night's Opening Ceremony, the cast partied on.

    Footage of volunteers after opening ceremony

    The BBC's Tony Nellany captured the moment volunteers continued to sing and dance and carry out an impromptu flag carrying procession.

    Silver Scots 13:48:

    Scotland was guaranteed its first medals after sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks reached their finals at the Commonwealth Games judo event.

    The sisters were quickly followed by Stephanie Inglis, who has reached the -57kg final.

    Kimberley Renicks

    Kimberley Renicks was first to win her semi-final in the -48kg event.

    Sister Louise will face another Scotland-based athlete, Kelly Edwards, who fights for England, for the gold medal in the -52kg final.

    However, it means that both are guaranteed as least a silver.

    Royal visit 13:38: Via Twitter

    Claire Gill tweeted us: Hockey fun at Glasgow 2014. We even saw the Queen!

    The Queen watches the hockey

    Tweet us your pics at #ScotlandLive, or email them to

    Goldrush begins 13:27:

    The first gold medal of the Games has been won by England's Jodie Stimpson in the triathlon. Congratulations Jodie!

    Jodie Stimpson
    Celtic 'fan' out of Games 13:19:

    Lomalito Moala, the Tongan who wore a Celtic strip at the Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014, has posted a message on his Twitter account revealing he will not compete at the Commonwealth Games.

    Lomalito Moala

    The boxer said he didn't make the weigh-in.

    When Kieran met David 13:10:

    Kieran is a 15-year-old from Wick. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair.

    Kieran and David Weir sat next to each other

    On a trip to Glasgow, he toured some of the venues for Glasgow 2014 for a BBC Newsbeat report.

    Watch the moment the budding journalist was surprised by his hero - six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir.

    International reaction 13:01:

    What did the world think of the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony?

    John Barrowman at the opening ceremony

    Find out here in our round-up.

    Tough competition? 12:49:

    Tonight's 200m breaststroke final has just hotted up significantly after Team Scotland bagged a one, two, three finish in the heats at Tollcross.

    Michael Jamieson, who hopes to win gold later, came second to teammate Ross Murdoch, who set a new Games record of 2:08:78.

    Macdonald to sing at Ryder Cup concert 12:23:

    Scottish singer Amy Macdonald will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at a special concert to mark the Ryder Cup.

    Amy Macdonald

    The USA and Europe teams will be at the event at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 24 September.

    Kenny progresses in track cycling 12:16: Via Twitter Alistair Bruce-Ball Cycling commentator

    tweets: Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Matt Crampton (Eng), Callum Skinner (Sco) & Lewis Oliva (Wal) all through to next rnd of men's sprint

    Disappointment for Ramsay 12:11: Via Twitter Keir Murray BBC Sport Scotland

    tweets: My heart's aching for Connie Ramsay, who lost -57kg quarter-final v Canada's Jessica Klimkait. She gives everything to judo. Bronze maybe?

    Keeping Glasgow moving 12:03:

    Police Scotland, the army and 15,000 volunteers are in Glasgow to help keep the host city running.

    Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games

    Read more about the logistical operation in place for the Games.

    Medal alerts to your phone 11:52:

    If you want to know who wins when at Glasgow 2014, check out the BBC Sport app. Here is a guide on how to set up the alerts on your phone.

    Bowls banter 11:41: Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    As Norfolk Island begin their lawn bowls campaign today against Canada, read the story of the island's sports minister Tim Sheridan who has left his briefcase at home and will take part in his third Games in Glasgow.

    You can watch the lawn bowls competition live.

    Bring it on... 11:30:

    Stuart Brown sent us this selfie with his wife Rachel and daughter Phoebe as they wait for the gymnastics to start at the Hydro.

    Stuart, Rachel and Phoebe brown

    Tweet us your pics using #ScotlandLive, or email them here.

    Scottish clubs in action 11:23:

    Three Scottish clubs are in action tonight in second legs of Europa League qualifying.

    Motherwell will be in Iceland to play UMF Stjarnan, with the first leg finishing 2-2. Kick-off is at 20:15.

    Motherwell vs UMF Stjarnan

    St Johnstone, meanwhile, are at home to FC Luzern after drawing 1-1 with the Swiss last week. The action gets under way at 19:45.

    Finally, Aberdeen are in Holland to play FC Groningen. The sides played out a goalless draw in the first game. Kick-off for that one is at 18:30.

    There will be updates of all three games Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website.

    Opening ceremony - your views 11:17: Via Email

    James in Glasgow: The opening ceremony definitely gave a very warm welcome to all our visitors and made a great impression for the city on the world stage. I'm a very proud Glaswegian today! PS: Are there any Scottie dogs still for sale in Scotland?!?

    Steve Bruns tweeted: Embarrassing is the word that springs to mind.

    Alex Gray tweeted: I loved the Opening: great to see such variety esp my favourite musician, Nicola Benedetti.

    Great Scotties 11:05:

    The wee Scottie dogs that stole the show as they accompanied each nation around Celtic Park at the opening ceremony have become an internet sensation.

    Scottie dog

    Fans have been taking to Twitter - of course, they now have their own hashtag, #ScottieDogs - to show their love. And it seems some of the canines lived up to their breed's reputation for stubbornness.

    Jacqui McKinnon told BBC Breakfast her pet Jock unexpectedly staged a sit-down protest.

    She said: "The dogs dealt with it really well; it's just Jock decided he wasn't walking. As soon as I put his Malaysia coat on he thought 'I'm sitting down'. So Jock was the one who was carried around the Celtic stadium."

    Miley sets Commonwealth record 10:54:

    Hannah Miley has qualified for the 400m Individual Medley final after winning her heat at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

    Miley set a Commonwealth record to win the race with a time of 4:38.27. The final will take place just after 19:00 tonight.

    You can watch the swimming heats live on the BBC Sport website.

    Unicef appeal reaches £3.1m 10:47:

    The fundraising appeal for children's charity Unicef made during the opening ceremony of the Games has reached £3.1m.

    James McAvoy and Chris Hoy

    More than 500,000 people in the UK responded after watching an appeal by James McAvoy and Sir Chris Hoy at Celtic Park.

    A total of 595,000 people have made donations by text alone, Unicef UK said, with many more contributing online.

    Millions tuned in 10:33: Via Twitter BBC Scotland

    tweets: Last night's coverage of the #Glasgow2014 #OpeningCeremony was watched by a peak audience of 9.4m on @BBCOne!! #bbcglasgow2014

    Opening ceremony - your views 10:24: Via Email

    Ray: The Opening Ceremony had warmth, humour and inclusivity in its organization. Loved it. It was also great to see John Barrowman pronouncing to the world through his same sex kiss, that it's safe to be LGBT in Scotland. Bravo Glasgow, Bravo Scotland, Bravo John Barrowman.

    Lorna: Wonderful event. Great idea to raise money for children, however why did red arrows not show Scottish colours of blue and white instead of red, white and blue?

    Sandra: Thoroughly entertaining display. But the gay kiss was completely unnecessary, with disregard for the feelings or attitudes of many of the other participating countries.

    Anna in Galloway: The first 10 minutes or so were cringeworthy and the singing was dire! It definitely improved as time went on, although I feel I must be alone in the country as I did not like the Scotland team's outfits or "the kiss"!

    Irene in Kinross: Sir Chris Hoy is an honorary Clydesider!!! I loved the way he graciously stepped forward to help with the baton and then stepped back. An example for us all.

    What do you think? Tweet using #ScotlandLive, email us here, or text to 80295.



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