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Scotland will hold a vote in 2014 on independence in what could result in the eventual breakup of Britain, a British government minister said on Tuesday
The announcement ended months of stalemate between the Westminster government in London and the Scottish devolved administration in Edinburgh.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who wants to keep Britain intact, had backed holding a vote as soon as possible on whether to end Scotland's 300-year-old union with England, with a simple "yes" or "no" single question.
Polls suggest between 30 and 40 percent of Scots currently support independence.