SNP's Alex Salmond
Scottish Independence: Yes Scotland Racks Up 1 Million Signatures for DeclarationReuters

The pro-Scottish independence campaign group, Yes Scotland, has racked up one million signatures for its Yes Declaration with less than one month to go before the referendum.

Four million Scottish people will vote in an independence referendum on 18 September, 2014, and will be asked the straight "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Recent polls have shown that while the 'No' vote is in the lead, the gap between those who want independence and those who don't is rapidly closing.

Yes Scotland, the campaign group championing an end to the 307-year old union, said that breaking the million-signature barrier with four weeks still to go to the referendum was a "clear indication that 'Yes' was on a winning trajectory."

"We are hugely grateful - not just to the one million plus people in Scotland who have now signed the Yes Declaration, but also to our many thousands of volunteers all around the country who have worked so hard to help us reach this target with just under a month still to go," said Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland.

"More and more people are waking up to the fantastic opportunities created by a Yes vote. People realise that only with a Yes can we protect our NHS and other public services, grow our economy to create better jobs, and make Scotland a fairer society."

The Yes Declaration

I believe it is fundamentally better for us all, if decisions about Scotland's future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.

Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity.

We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations.

We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.

I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world: a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation.