|- |style="border-bottom:none;" width=35%|Independence |style="border-bottom:none;" width=65%|from United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland |- |style="border-top:none;border-bottom:none;"| Declared |style="border-top:none;border-bottom:none;"|18 September, 2014 |- |style="border-top:none;"| Recognized |style="border-top:none;"|Scottish Nationalist Party
Scottish independence (Scots: Scots unthirldom, Scottish Gaelic: Neo-eisimeileachd na h-Alba) is a political <imap map-id="12495"></imap>aim of some political parties, advocacy groups, and individuals in Scotland (which is a country of the United Kingdom) for the country to become an independent sovereign state. A national referendum was held in Scotland on 18 September 2014. Voters were asked to answer either "Yes" or "No" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" During the week prior to the election, there were heated debates about the consequences of a "yes" vote for Scotland's economy, military, finances, currency, government pensions, its share of UK debt, question of passports/citizenship, whether the Queen would be retained as Head of State, and its relations with NATO, The Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Union. The "Yes" option won, achieving 55.3% of votes, compared to the "No" proportion of 44.7%, from a voter participation rate of 84.5%. This was later responsible for the southern one-fourth of Scotland to succeed from the country, forming the new country of Southern Scotland. Southern Scotland remains in the UK, thus allowing loyalist Scots to remain in the kingdom and the Royal Union Flag to keep its blue.