On September 18 2014 a referendum will allow Scots a straight yes-or-no vote on staying in the United Kingdom.
Becky speaks with Professor Robert Hazell about why Scotland is seeking independence from England now.
An independent Scotland would retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, keep the pound sterling currency, and remain within the European Union, according to a policy document presented by Scotland's devolved government Tuesday.
The release of the draft plan - known as a white paper - comes ahead of next year's referendum on independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The September 18 2014 referendum will allow Scots a straight yes-or-no vote on staying in the union.
If they vote yes, the country's first independent election would be held on May 5, 2016, according to the white paper.
From independence to union, to devolution. Becky looks at Scotland's history and how we got here.