Yes Scotland announce they have reached one million signatories

The Proclaimers were in Edinburgh on Friday morning as the pro-independence campaign made the announcement.

Yes Scotland celebrate reaqching one million signatures to their declaration statement, August 22 2014
© HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

Yes Scotland has announced they have reached one million declaration signatories.

Scots folk stars the Proclaimers were in Edinburgh on Friday morning as the pro-independence campaign made the announcement.

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the campaign, made the announcement outside Holyrood as Scotland reaches the final stage of the referendum campaign.

Friday marks just four weeks to go until the fate of the nation is revealed.

MSPs met at Holyrood for the last time on Thursday before the nation goes to the polls, clearing the decks for the last stretch of the campaign beginning with speeches by key figures from both campaigns.

The singing duo joined Mr Jenkins for the "important campaign announcement" while former prime minister Gordon Brown will join Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont to make the case for a No vote in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander will join Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar at a mosque in Pollockshields.

Mr Jenkins said: "We are hugely grateful - not just to the one million plus people in Scotland who have now signed the Yes Declaration, but also to our many thousands of volunteers all around the country who have worked so hard to help us reach this target with just under a month still to go.

"More and more people are waking up to the fantastic opportunities created by a Yes vote. People realise that only with a Yes can we protect our NHS and other public services, grow our economy to create better jobs, and make Scotland a fairer society.

"Today's announcement is a clear indication of the level of support we're getting, and it gives us great confidence as we work towards securing a Yes majority on September 18."

At 4pm on Thursday, August 21, the exact number of signatories was 1,001,186

Proclaimers duo, Charlie and Craig Reid, also spoke at the announcement.

Charlie Reid said: "With this fantastic target now hit, it looks like the Yes campaign is on its way to success. I certainly hope so. Nobody doubts that Scotland has the wealth, the talent and the ambition to be a successful independent country and we can make this a reality if only we grab this tremendous opportunity on September 18."

Craig Reid added: "We have so much going for us in Scotland. All we need is a bit of self-belief and with our own future in our own hands we can build a much better and much fairer country. Let’s not let this fantastic opportunity slip from our grasp."

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