Devolution 21 March 2013 Salmond names Scottish independence referendum date 18 September 2014 is the date. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML 18 September 2014. That's the date that Scotland will vote on whether it should "become an independent country". Alex Salmond made the announcement in the Scottish Parliament, where it was greeted with applause from SNP MSPs. Only 547 days to go... The most recent Ipsos MORI poll, published last month, showed 34 per cent of Scots in favour of independence (up four points since October), with 55 per cent opposed (down three points) and 11 per cent undecided. I’m honoured to announce that on Thursday 18 September 2014 we will hold Scotland’s referendum#indyref #yes (AA) — FM Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) March 21, 2013 I believe on 18 September 2014 Scotland will vote YES to create a better country than we have now #indyref #yes (AA) — FM Alex Salmond (@AlexSalmond) March 21, 2013 › Spot the difference: Osborne yesterday v Treasury today Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Let's talk about Daniel Hannan, Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler To the Commonwealth, "Global Britain" sounds like nostalgia for something else Is defeat in Stoke the beginning of the end for Paul Nuttall?