A referendum on Scottish independence will take place before the end of 2014 following an agreement by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish leader Alex Salmond.
Voters as young as 16 will answer a single yes/no question on whether to end the 305-year union with England.
Currently, polls show between 30-40 percent of Scots are in favour of independence.
After his SNP’s landslide election victory in Scotland last year, Salmond gained the right to hold a referendum.
Legislation, which will include decisions such as the exact date of the vote, the wording of the question and the rules of campaign financing, will take place in Scotland’s parliament at Holyrood.
The country has had its own devolved parliament since ninet1999 after another referendum the year before.
Some are complaining that the forthcoming referendum will not give people the chance to vote for increased devolution.