26 Feb 2010

Scots referendum plans published

8:30 am on 26 February 2010

The Scottish government has published the details of a proposed referendum on independence.

Under the draft bill, voters would have the option of voting for either new powers for the Scottish Parliament or full independence from the UK.

First Minister Alex Salmond described the Referendum Bill as an opportunity for Scots to have a say on their nation's future.

Opposition parties have said they will vote down the proposals.

The BBC reports the draft bill will now go out to consultation. Two questions are proposed on two separate ballot papers.

Firstly, voters would be asked to vote 'yes' or 'no' on whether they support the Scottish Parliament being given new devolved powers.

They will then be asked whether: "The parliament's powers should also be extended to enable independence to be achieved."

Mr Salmond said in Edinburgh he would be campaigning for people to vote 'yes' to both questions.