Edinburgh, 26 Rabiul Awwal 1434 / 7 February 2013 (MINA) – Scotland’s independence will be announced in March 2016 under plans by Scottish National Party (SNP)-led government if voters approve leaving the United Kingdom in an October 2014 referendum, local media reported.

        A Scottish paper released by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon provided a timetable for Scotland’s independence with a detailed look at the needed steps for the country to be removed from the UK alliance, as reported by Press TV on Wednesday.

       The publication, entitled “Scotland’s Future”, sets out plans for a written constitution to be devised by the first parliament and the public, according to PressTV reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Thursday.

       “A Yes vote will give civic Scotland and our national parliament an unprecedented opportunity to build a solid constitutional platform for our country ahead of Independence Day in March 2016”, said Sturgeon.

       “Our proposals would see this platform put in place immediately prior to the Scottish Parliament elections, to provide the newly elected Scottish government with the full range of powers it needs to develop the country,” she added.

        Earlier last week, the Scottish government has agreed to revise its proposed referendum question after the Electoral Commission recommended it can be altered to a simpler question such as: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

        British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed an agreement to hold a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence, which would result in breaking up of the UK after 300 years. (T.P06/E1)


Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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