Scottish independence referendum published

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond unveiled Thursday a set of proposals that would potentially lead to Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.

The proposal lays out a referendum that would allow Scottish voters to decide to extend the powers of Scottish Parliament or to completely remove the country from the U.K., BBC News said.

Salmond says that he believes in the sovereignty of the Scottish people and that voters should be allowed to vote on the issue, BBC News reported.

However outside of Salmond's Scottish National Party, leaders of other major U.K. parties voiced concern, said the Guardian.

"As always the SNP puts the politics of narrow nationalism ahead of the interests of Scotland," said Tavish Scott, the leader of Scotland's Liberal Democrat Party. "There is no majority for a referendum in parliament. There is no support in the country for independence. Independence isn't going to happen."

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