The Scottish Parliament has said Yes, Scotland should be an independent country. MSPs backed a motion tabled by First Minister Alex Salmond by 69 votes to 52. Speaking after the vote, Glasgow MSP, Humza Yousaf said it was an historic moment for the Scottish Parliament.
It showed, that thirteen years after it was reconvened, "the Scottish Parliament is ready, willing and able to take on the full responsibilities of an independent Parliament".
Mr Yousaf pointed out that "the United Nations comprised just 51 countries when it was formed in 1945 – that number has now grown to more than 190 member states of the UN, many of whom have become independent in the last 70 years. Scotland is now ready to take the next step and join the ranks of independent countries."
He added, "the simple truth is that it is better for the decisions affecting Scotland to be taken by the people who care about Scotland most, that is, the people of Scotland. Parliament has spoken and backed an independent Scotland, and soon it will be the turn of the people of Scotland. The autumn 2014 referendum is the biggest opportunity for Scotland in 300 years and the campaign has now begun in earnest."