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Independence Timeline

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A quick reference to key events in recent Scottish history

This list is just intended as a quick reference to the Scottish independence movement. The list is by no means complete.

1950s
Scottish Covenant petition for a home rule Scottish government
1960s
North Sea oil discovery
1967
Winnie Ewing's ground-breaking victory at Hamilton by-election
1972
"It's Scotland's Oil" slogan launched
1973
oil crisis
1974
McCrone Report commissioned under Conservative Ted Heath Government
Labour leader Harold Wilson wins general election(s)
SNP returns an all-time high of 11 MPs
1979
Scottish devolution referendum fails 40% rule
Margaret Thatcher wins general election
1997
Scottish devolution referendum for a Scottish Parliament succeeds
1999
Scottish Parliament established
2004
Alex Salmond assumes SNP party leadership (for a second time)
2007
SNP becomes largest political party in Scottish Parliamentary election and forms a minority government
2011
SNP achieves absolute majority in Scottish Parliamentary election
2012
Launch of Yes Scotland campaign in support of Scottish independence
Edinburgh Agreement between the Scottish Government and the UK Government over the terms of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum
2014
Referendum on Scottish independence
2012-06-17 23:15
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