In many ways, Scotland is now a modern European democracy. Devolution has given us back a voice, the ability to make our own decisions and a sense of pride and place.


We now have our own parliament – open, proportionate, accountable and genuinely accessible. Legislation has been well thought through and sensible. Minority government has encouraged co-operation and consensus across political parties.


Scots now look to their MSPs in Holyrood and to Scottish ministers in Edinburgh and see them as more important and relevant than Whitehall and Westminster. Each of us is encouraged to take oart in the political process and so we feel a sense of ownership.


Given that we have only enjoyed devolution for little more than a decade, this is a remarkable achievement. It is popular and it works.


The concept of self-determination has been proved. Our new political settlement has been a huge success, qualified only by the fact that the powers of our politicians and parliament remain limited.


We cannot control or shape our economy, invest our oil revenues, decide on pension or benefit levels, stay out of illegal wars declared by the UK government, join international bodies such as the EU or UN in our own right, or be treated as an equal by the world community of nations.


With independence, we will have the power to make decisions on all these things. We will be fully able to determine our own destiny. That will be good for Scotland because no-one cares more about our nation’s future than the people who live here.


Historically, sovereignty in Scotland has always rested with the Scottish people. Independence would bring this to life and give us the right government for the 21st century.


Since its formation more than 70 years ago, the Scottish National Party has campaigned for more powers for Scotland. We believe that independence offers the best way forward for our country.


The recent Scottish Parliament elections returned an SNP majority government. This showed that we are earning the trust and confidence of the voters – and we will work hard to keep that trust and support.


We recognise, though, while independence is the next step on our nation’s journey, it is a step that only the people together, can take.


For this reason, the government proposes a referendum to get your views on the issue.


That is the fair and democratic way. We will ask you for your opinion on the best future for our nation. The result of the referendum will determine the additional powers we seek for the Scottish Parliament.


The SNP, in conjunction with others, will be campaigning for a yes vote for independence. We hope you will join us.


Together, we can forge a fairer, better, more prosperous Scotland. A nation worthy of its history and properly equipped for the challenges of the future.


A Scotland for us all to participate in and be proud of.






Scotland is a fortunate country. We’re blessed with natural resources, a landscape of diverse and stunning beauty, a unique cultural heritage and a rich and colourful history. And, more importantly, with enormous potential for the future.


With the limited home rule we already have – devolution – we have made great strides forward. The political shape of our country has changes radically in little more than a decade. We can now take many decisions in Scotland, for Scotland and those decisions mean we are protected from the damage now being caused to the NHS, for example, by the Tories down south.


I believe that it is now time to take the logical next step – to move Scotland on and grasp the opportunities offered by the independence other nations enjoy.


The more tools we have at our disposal, the more we can do to protect all that is important here in Scotland and the more we can do to build a better future. With independence the social union with the rest of the UK will continue. However, we will speak with our own voice to the world and make decisions based on our own values and priorities.


Independence will only happen when the people of Scotland decide. Together, it is our choice as a nation. That is why, within the life time of this parliament, the Scottish government is committed to holding a referendum so we can hear your views


Independence will allow us to create an exciting new Scotland – a Scotland fit for the 21st century. We will have the power and the responsibility to find our own solutions to the challenges we face and to engineer fairness, confidence, innovation, opportunity and prosperity.


At the same time, it will mean a partnership of equals with other nations, protecting vital Scottish interests like our fishing industry by having a seat at the top table while playing our part in the global community through organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations.


Most importantly decisions will no longer be imposed on Scotland. Devolution meant we could no longer have something as unpopular as the poll tax foisted on Scotland. Independence will mean we no longer face having our troops sent to fight in an illegal war like Iraq.


The days when we have to implement policies forced on us by Tory governments in London we didn’t choose will be over for good.



– Alex Salmond.