Scotland ready to make history: independence leader

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond addresses a press conference in Edinburgh on September 11, 2014, one week ahead of the referendum on independenceScotland’s pro-independence leader Alex Salmond said the eyes of the world are on a momentous referendum next week, as the latest poll suggested voters will narrowly choose to remain in the United Kingdom. Many nations with separatist movements are following the campaign closely — including Spain, where the government has ruled out a referendum for Catalan independence or devolution. Salmond said on Thursday that the September 18 poll would be “a process of national empowerment”, as new figures came out showing a record 4.3 million people had registered to vote — higher than for any previous elections in Scotland. “Scotland is on the cusp of making history.

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