Scottish party outlines independence plan

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 6:32 PM

A Scottish party has outlined plans to hold referendum on independence from the rest of Britain. Public opinion polls, however, suggest little interest in a split.

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond on Monday sponsored a bill in Scotland's parliament that would open the way for a vote in a year.

Salmond's party has long made breaking with Britain the focus of its political agenda, but it lacks the votes needed to make its plan for a referendum a reality.

Salmond vowed to secure independence from the U.K. when his party won control of the Scottish Parliament in 2007. However his ambitions have been complicated by the aftermath of the credit crunch.

Most polls show that support for separation remains low.