Annex: Timeline of key referendum dates |
(Source: BBC News Online)
May SNP form minority government
Aug Launch of Scotland's National Conversation,
which discusses Scotland's constitutional future.
Jun Findings of the Calman Commission
(reviewing 10 years of devolution) are published. ~
Feb SNP government publishes draft Referendum
Bill on proposed independence referendum~. It says voters will
have the option of voting for either new powers for the Scottish
Parliament or full independence from the UK.
May SNP win majority government at Holyrood.
Oct SNP officially launches its drive for independence.
Nov Liberal Democrats set up Home Rule Commission.
Jan First Minister Alex Salmond announces intention
to hold a referendum for autumn 2014.
SNP sets out its proposed referendum question wording
in a White Paper.
Feb Talks between First Minister Alex Salmond
and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore continue over mechanics of
May UK government publishes consultation responses
to ~its independence referendum consultation. Ministers
say that the responses show strong levels of support for a single,
clear question on independence.
~The Yes Scotland campaign for independence is launched
with the aim of encouraging one million Scots to sign a declaration
of support by the time of the referendum in the autumn of 2014.
Jun ~The Better Together campaign to keep the
Union is launched with former Chancellor Alistair Darling.
Oct Referendum deal (The Edinburgh Agreement)
is signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex
Salmond which paves the way for a vote in autumn 2014.
The government in Scotland publishes analysis of
more than 26,000 responses to its public consultation on the planned
referendum on Scottish independence.
Nov The Scottish Government confirms the wording
of the question it plans to put to the people of Scotland in the
independence referendum: "Do you agree that Scotland should
be an independent country?"
Jan The House of Lords unanimously approves
the legal transfer of powers to the Scottish Parliament to allow
it to hold the independence referendum.
The Scottish government agrees to change the wording
of the referendum question to ask the yes/no question: "Should
Scotland be an independent country?" The government also
agrees to make changes to campaign spending limits.
Feb The UK government publishes the first in
a series of papers, which cites legal opinion stating an independent
Scotland would be seen as a separate state under international
Mar The Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise)
Bill is proposed to the Scottish Parliament. It would allow 16
and 17-year-olds vote in the referendum.
It is announced that the Scottish independence referendum
will take place on 18 September 2014.