Scottish independence: Yes Scotland signs up 143,000 supporters

Alex Salmond signs the declaration SNP leader Alex Salmond was the first to sign the declaration

The Yes Scotland campaign has signed up 143,000 backers during the six months since promising to get a million people to support its independence pledge.

SNP leader Alex Salmond said in May that if the one million target was achieved, independence would happen.

The referendum on Scotland's future will take place in autumn 2014.

Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, said the figure was a "tremendous achievement", but there was still a long way to go.

A spokesman for the Better Together group, which is campaigning to keep Scotland in the UK, insisted the majority of Scots did not support independence.

But Mr Jenkins said the figures showed "a real sense of momentum" around the country.

Start Quote

If they want to sign up enough Scots to win a majority, they will still be chasing signatures in 2018”

End Quote Better Together spokesman

He added: "We have lots of people who have never been involved in politics coming to us and putting their names down.

"There is still a long way to go until we cross the finishing line in the autumn of 2014, but reaching this number of declared supporters this early gives us great confidence for a positive result in the referendum."

However, a spokesman for Better Together said claims of momentum were "a nonsense".

He added: "At this rate, they will have managed to reach their target of convincing a quarter of the electorate exactly a year after the referendum.

"If they want to sign up enough Scots to win a majority, they will still be chasing signatures in 2018.

"The reality is that the overwhelming majority of Scots are not buying what the separatists are selling."

'We shall win'

Mr Salmond, along with the leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, publicly signed the declaration at the launch of the Yes Scotland campaign in Edinburgh earlier this year.

It was promised the campaign would be built "brick by brick" across communities.

Mr Salmond said at the time: "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."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland politics stories

RSS

Features

  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and how virus spread


  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?


  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank bat blood and urine to survive in the Sahara


  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban


  • Flooded homesNo respite

    Many hit by last winter's floods are struggling to pay soaring insurance bills


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.