EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scotland moved a step closer today to a vote on independence after Scottish and British leaders signed a deal laying the groundwork for a popular referendum that could radically alter the shape of the United Kingdom.
Officials from London and Edinburgh have been meeting for weeks to hammer out the details. Sticking points included the date and the wording of the question.
British Prime Minister David Cameron met today with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh to approve the deal.
The “Edinburgh Agreement” means that the Scottish Government can now propose legislation on the precise wording of the question, the exact date, extending the vote to 16 year olds, finance rules and conduct.
If Scotland does break away it will end more than 300 years of political union with England.