Could Scotland Be Independent By 2016?

Lawmakers preemptively choose Independence Date ahead of next year's vote

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Scottish lawmakers selected March 24, 2016 as the national independence day Sunday, should the government pass a referendum to leave the U.K. next year.

Voters will determine the fate of the 306-year-old union with the U.K. on Sept. 18 next year, but the government announced the proposed date ahead of a blueprint for an independent country it plans to release Tuesday, the BBC reports.

Recent polls show most Scots are not inclined to separate from the U.K., including Sunday’s poll from¬†The Sunday Times, which¬†found 47% oppose independence, while 38% support it and 15% remained undecided, Reuters adds.