The Guardian – Scottish independence referendum deal imminent

Alex Salmond to meet David Cameron to finalise arrangements for single question referendum in two years’ time.

Alex Salmond is on the brink of a historic deal with David Cameron to stage a single question referendum on Scottish independence in two years’ time after ministers from the Scottish and UK governments met in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Officials from both administrations have been tasked with putting the final touches to the legal arrangements which would allow Salmond to stage his referendum with the authority of MPs at Westminster.

The two leaders are due to meet early next week to sign the final agreement to pass an order at Westminster which will give the Scottish parliament the powers to stage the vote, due to take place in autumn 2014.

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