Salmond sets out Scottish referendum test

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Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has outlined his plans for an independence referendum despite opposition from Westminster.

There will be a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question but also a third option of increased autonomy. And Salmond wants young people to vote, too.

“If a 16-year-old in Scotland can register to join the army, get married and pay taxes, surely he or she should be able to have a say in this country’s constitutional future. In our constitution today we are therefore seeking views on our proposal to extend the right to vote in this referendum to 16 and 17-years-olds who are eligible to be included on the electoral register,” he told Scottish parliamentarians in Edinburgh.

Recent polls suggest only between 30 and 40 percent of the Scottish electorate support it breaking away from Britain. Others say they are happy for the Scottish Nationalists to lead a devolved government, especially if they can wring more powers from Westminster.