Cameron challenged to a debate by Salmond
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and British Prime Minister David Cameron have signed what is being widely hailed as a historic agreement to give Scots a chance to vote for or against independence. The deal, dubbed by Salmond as the Edinburgh Agreement, calls for a vote before the end of 2014. Soon after signing the agreement Tuesday 16 October Salmond challenged Cameron to a debate on the vote, reports The Scotsman.
The 30-clause agreement calls for both parties to respect the outcome. Salmond, who came to power 18 months ago with huge popular support, is nevertheless realistic about the task ahead, reports the Guardian. “Salmond said he believed ‘heart and soul’ he could win the referendum but, in a rare admission about the scale of the task facing his government and the Yes Scotland campaign, he acknowledged he still needed to persuade a majority of the country’s 4 million voters to back independence.” The newspaper notes that only 35 percent have favoured independence in recent polls.