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Scottish referendum: The background explained

On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked in a referendum whether they want the nation to become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish National Party, whose central aim is independence, won the 2011 Scottish Parliament election by a landslide, giving them a mandate to stage the vote.

Voters will answer the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Lucy Hockings reports on the background to the referendum.

  • 10 Sep 2014
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