Scotland Pushes for Independence Vote

    GREENLOANING, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 10:  Graffiti stating 'Free Scotland' is written on the gable end wall of a derelict cottage on January 10, 2012 in Bannockburn, Scotland. The Scottish First Minister has indicated that the Scottish National Party plans to hold its referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government, wants the vote on the referendum to be held sooner rather than later.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    The United Kingdom may not be united for long, if Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has his way. Salmond says his people ought to be able to vote on whether to have greater independence from Britain, but British Prime Minister David Cameron says the vote should be all or nothing: total separation or the status quo. Salmond struck back, saying Cameron has “no mandate” to set rules and that the vote would be held in Scotland in 2014. He called Cameron's intervention “almost Thatcher-esque.” Salmond's party has long pushed for Scottish independence. It currently has a legislature that controls internal policies but defers to London on foreign policy.

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