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Alex Salmond airs idea of unilateral declaration of independence for Scotland

Published 22/09/2014

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond during a press conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh after the countru vote No. Pic Danny Lawson/PA Wire
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond during a press conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh after the countru vote No. Pic Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond holds the agreement between the UK Government and the Scottish Government to hold a referendum on independence for Scotland
Better Together campaigners celebrate early poll results at a party on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
People view results in Scottish Independence Referendum placed on a wall at the Ingleston Hall on September 19, 2014 in Edinburgh,Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Tellers struggle with tiredness during the count for votes in the Scottish Independence Referendum at Ingleston Hall on September 19, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Better Together campaigners celebrate early poll results at a party on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Supporters attend the Better Together Referendum Night event wait for the results to come in on September 19, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
"Yes" Supporters burn flares as they react to the polls closing in George Square as Scotland awaits the results of the Scottish Independence referendum vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Supporters at a "Yes" rally in George Square react on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Tellers count votes in the Scottish Independence Referendum at the Edinburgh count at Ingleston Hall on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A supporter dressed as Scottish cult TV character Rab C Nesbett plays to the crowd at a "Yes" rally in George Square on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
People wait for the result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum closes on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Ballot boxes for the Scottish Independence Referendum arrive at the Edinburgh count at Ingleston Hall on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People wait for the result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum closes on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Ballot boxes arrive at the Scottish Independence Referendum at the Edinburgh count at Ingleston Hall on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Two young girls join the crowds waiting for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People wait for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People wait for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A young girl has her photograph taken as people wait for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Former Gordon Highlander, Jock Robertson, aged 81, who said 'I have waited all my life for this vote' pauses at Peebles polling station after voting in the Scottish referendum on September 18, 2014 in Peebles, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
People wait for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
People wait for a result outside the Scottish Parliament as voting in the referendum continues on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Royalist John Loughrey (L) from England poses for a photograph outside Lothian Chambers in central Edinburgh as millions vote in the Scottish referendum. Pic Matt Cardy/Getty Images
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Felipe Perez walks out of polling station at Notre Dame primary school with a Saltire flag, on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond outside his home in Strichen during a historic day for Scotland as voters determine whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Newspaper flyers pose the 'Yes or No' question during the Scottish referendum on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS IS A PHOTO ILLUSTRATION) A selection of the British National Newspaper front pages are displayed on September 18, 2014 in London, England. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Members of the public walk out of a polling station at Notre Dame primary school following casting their vote in the Scottish independence referendum on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Members of the public walk out of a polling station at Notre Dame primary school following casting their vote in the Scottish independence referendum on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Felipe Perez walks out of polling station at Notre Dame primary school with a Saltire flag, on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: A dog is tied to a railing outside a polling station at Notre Dame primary school on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Political graffiti is seen close to Lothian Chambers polling station in central Edinburgh on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Sara Tardio, Marc Arranz, Marc Teixidor and Clara de Pablo from Catalonia pose for a photograph as they show their support for the Yes vote in central Edinburgh on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Angela Simpson, Niamh Cupples, Ava Cupples (buggy), Linda Cupples and Calum Cupples leave St Bartholomew's Primary School in Castlemilk after casting their vote as the people of Scotland take to the poles to decide their country's fate in a historic vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: "Yes" Campaigner Paula Fummey talk to a voter at St Bartholomew's Primary School in Castlemilk as the people of Scotland take to the poles to decide their country's fate in a historic vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: "Yes" activists campaigning in Castlemilk today as the people of Scotland take to the poles to decide their country's fate in a historic vote on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union.(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
ELLON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: First Minister Alex Salmond (R) relaxes with an aide on referendum day on September 18, 2014 in Ellon, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ELLON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: First Minister Alex Salmond relaxes with a cup of tea at a hotel during a break on referendum day on September 18, 2014 in Ellon, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: A Yes sticker is seen on the statue of Adam Smith on the Royal Mile on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: James Fraser holds up his voting card having just voted at Lothian Chambers polling station in central Edinburgh on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: James Fraser leaves Lothian Chambers polling station having just voted in central Edinburgh on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
TURRIFF, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: First Minister Alex Salmond walks to meet with supporters on September 18, 2014 in Turriff, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
TURRIFF, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: German Short Haired Pointer dogs Dude (L) and Hector wait to meet First Minister Alex Salmond on September 18, 2014 in Turriff, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
TURRIFF, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: German Short Haired Pointer dogs Dude (L) and Hector wait to meet First Minister Alex Salmond on September 18, 2014 in Turriff, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Yes and No supporters react to motorists passing the Church Hill Theatre polling place in Morningside on September 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
German Short Haired Pointer dogs Dude and Hector (R) meet First Minister Alex Salmond on September 18, 2014 in Turriff, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country.
Voters at Notre Dame Primary School polling station on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country.
Painters paint over Yes graffiti at Jamestown Parish Church Lennox Hall on September 18, 2014 in Jamestown, Scotland.
Voters leave Gretna polling station after voting on September 18, 2014 in Gretna, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a 'Yes' vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Voters at Notre Dame Primary School polling station on September 18, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. After many months of campaigning the people of Scotland today head to the polls to decide the fate of their country. The referendum is too close to call but a Yes vote would see the break-up of the United Kingdom and Scotland would stand as an independent country for the first time since the formation of the Union. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
A re-interpretation and re-design of the Union Flag flying on Lonsdale Road, north London on the day of the Scottish independence referendum as part of the London Design Festival.
Yes voter Duncan Thomson waits for the doors to open at St Martins Church hall polling station, as the people of Scotland take to the poles to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country, on September 18, 2014 in Renton, Scotland. After many months of campaigning, final opinion poles show the referendum result is still too close to call. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
A young voter at Ritchie Hall polling station in Strichen, as Scotland goes to the polls to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 18, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A young voter at Ritchie Hall polling station in Strichen, as Scotland goes to the polls to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
Millions will go to the polls on Thursday to decide Yes or No to Scottish independence (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LOCH LOMOND, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Duncan Thomson, Brian McCutcheon, John Patterson and Arthur Murdoch,from King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society, hold the Scottish flags as they prepare to vote in the Scottish independence referendum on September 14, 2014 in Loch Lomond. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling during a campaign event at Clydebank Town Hall in Scotland as the campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum enters its final days. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 16, 2014. See PA story REFERENDUM Main. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A Saltire with Yes printed on it in Dunbar, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves a campaign event at Clydebank Town Hall in Scotland as the campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum enters its final days.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon watching apprentice Craig McKee manufacturing a steel 'Yes' sign at Steel Engineering in Renfrew, Scotland ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 16, 2014.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Volunteers from the Yes campaign speak with a voters in the Pilton area of Edinburgh on September 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an independent country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Volunteers from the Yes campaign prepare to go and canvass in the Pilton area of Edinburgh on September 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an independent country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Yes posters are seen in windows in a block of flats in Edinburgh on September 16, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an independent country. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view as Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, meets with care workers at Renfrew Town hall on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) appears with campaign leader Alistair Darling at a rally of No supporters at Dumbarton Town Hall on September 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an indpendent country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown pauses as he speaks at Dumbarton Town hall to No campaigners on September 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an indpendent country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks at Dumbarton Town hall to No campaigners on September 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an indpendent country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with campaigners at Renfrew Town hall on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with campaigners at Renfrew Town hall on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with campaigners at Renfrew Town hall on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, eats a yes cake during a vist to meet with care workers at Renfrew Town hall on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrives at Dumbarton Town hall to speak to No campaigners on September 16, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes and No supporters are campaigning in the last two days of the referendum to decide if Scotland will become an indpendent country. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney, look on as 19 year old apprentice fabricator Craig McKee angle grinds a yes sign during their visit to Steel Engineering on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
RENFREW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney, look on as 19 year old apprentice fabricator Craig McKee holds a yes sign during their visit to Steel Engineering on September 16, 2014 in Renfrew, Scotland. With just two days of campaigning left before polling stations open and voters across the country will hold Scotlands future in their hands. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Volunteers for the Better Together campaign have a meeting before leaving to canvass from their Edinburgh office on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: People pass the Better Together Edinburgh office on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Alistair Darling leader of the Better Together and Margaret Curran meets with members of the public during a walk about on September 15, 2014 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. With just three days of campaigning left, First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting business people in Edinburgh and Prime Minister David Cameron is due to visit Scotland today ahead of Thursday's independence vote. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of the No campaign on September 15, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: No supporters join, Alistair Darling leader of the Better Together meets with members of the public during a walk about on September 15, 2014 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. With just three days of campaigning left, First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting business people in Edinburgh and Prime Minister David Cameron is due to visit Scotland today ahead of Thursday's independence vote. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Yes and No supporters exchange words during, as Alistair Darling leader of the Better Together meets with members of the public during a walk about on September 15, 2014 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. With just three days of campaigning left, First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting business people in Edinburgh and Prime Minister David Cameron is due to visit Scotland today ahead of Thursday's independence vote.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: First Minister Alex Salmond speaks with the media at Edinburgh International Airport following a photocall in the arrival's hall on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: First Minister Alex Salmond leaves Edinburgh International Airport following a photocall in the arrival's hall on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: First Minister Alex Salmond leaves Edinburgh International Airport following a photocall in the arrival's hall on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: A yes campaigner stands by his branded van on September 15, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: BBC TV political editor Nick Robinson (R) interviews a No campaigner near Union Street on September 15, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: A yes campaigner passes a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on September 15, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: A yes campaigners daughter gets caught up in a Saltire flag on September 15, 2014 in Aberdeen,Scotland. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: First Minister Alex Salmond arrives at Edinburgh Airport for a photocall on September 15, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. With the campaigning for the independence referendum entering into the final few days, the latest opinion polls have suggested the outcome of the vote is still too close to call. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Tariq Ali, addresses radical independence supporters, calling for a resounding Yes vote on September 15, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. With just three days of campaigning left, First Minister Alex Salmond is meeting business people in Edinburgh and Prime Minister David Cameron is due to visit Scotland today ahead of Thursday's independence vote. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: People listen as Sir Bob Geldof speaks to members of the public and supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign from a raised stage in Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2014 in London, England. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: People wave flags as Sir Bob Geldof speaks to members of the public and supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign from a raised stage in Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2014 in London, England. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Sir Bob Geldof speaks to members of the public and supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign from a raised stage in Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2014 in London, England. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: People wave flags as Sir Bob Geldof speaks to members of the public and supporters of the 'Better Together' campaign from a raised stage in Trafalgar Square on September 15, 2014 in London, England. The latest polls in Scotland's independence referendum put the No campaign back in the lead, the first time they have gained ground on the Yes campaign since the start of August. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Alex Salmond has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future.

The Scottish First Minister, who has said he is standing down after voters failed to back independence last week, said a referendum was the “best route” to statehood, but added that there were others.

He said if the Scottish Parliament was given more powers until “you have a situation where you’re independent in all but name … “then presumably, you declare yourself to be independent”.

“Many countries have proceeded through that route,” he said in an interview with Sky News’ Murnaghan programme.

Mr Salmond has previously said that he would accept the referendum result and that it was a “once in a generation” event. However, he said on Sunday that “there are always things can change circumstances”, saying if the UK voted to leave the European Union then Scotland or if the main UK parties failed to honour a pledge to devolve more power to Edinburgh then having another vote would be justified.

Mr Salmond also said that demographics would see support for independence rising in the coming years.

“I mean when you have a situation where the majority of a country up to the age of 55 is already voting for independence then I think the writing’s on the wall for Westminster,” he said.

“I think the destination is pretty certain, we are only now debating the timescale and the method.

“I think Scots of my generation and above should really be looking at themselves in the mirror and wonder if we by majority, as a result of our decision, have actually impeded progress for the next generation which is something no generation should do.”

Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Salmond should not try to “overthrow the will of the Scottish people in some sort of coup”.

“Having decisively lost a democratic referendum on independence, Alex Salmond is now suggesting the nationalists can ignore the sovereign will of the Scottish people,” she said.

“His words are fundamentally undemocratic and an insult to the people of Scotland. Salmond may regret the result but this reaction is dangerous and wrong.”

Adam Tomkins, professor of public law at the University of Glasgow, said a unilateral declaration of independence would be illegal and “bonkers”.

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Scottish independence: Battle between Yes and No takes a bitter twist in final hours of campaigning

Scottish independence: No camp drowned out by noisy, flamboyant and abrasive rivals who sense historic win 

Scottish independence: Break-up of the Union could hit Northern Ireland, warn business chiefs

Scottish independence: Ties that bind Northern Ireland and Scotland go way back and will survive the referendum  

Scottish independence: From oil and the pound to the Queen and tax - everything you need to know about the referendum

Will Rod Stewart abandon his love for Scotland? Will the Krankies sing for their country at Eurovision? And what would independence mean for Northern Ireland?

Scotland votes: Forget Izzard, David Bowie and Beckham - Scots shouldn't look to the stars for a decision on its future

Scotland referendum Yes vote would be a massive No, insists Danske Bank

Scottish independence: Breaking up would be a painful divorce, warns Cameron

Scottish referendum: Focus on devolved tax powers issue whatever Scottish result 

Scottish independence: David Beckham joins 'No' campaign urging voters to save the Union

Scottish independence: Unionists must change tack to save the Union

Scottish independence: Queen 'hopes voters think carefully' over Union vote

Scottish referendum a chance to send Tories a message

Scottish independence: Storm over Lord Dannatt's 'betrayal of soldiers' comments

Scottish independence: Yes vote supporters attack BBC over pro-Union 'bias'

The Queen hopes Scots will ''think very carefully'' before voting in the independence referendum

Orange Order calls for 'No' vote in Scottish independence referendum at Edinburgh rally  

Queen will not be dragged into Scottish independence debate, Palace warns No camp

Scots independence referendum result too close to call  

Scottish independence: Unionists in Northern Ireland can expect a border poll of their own in the not-too-distant future

Westminster elite in a panic as more voters are backing Scottish independence, says Alex Salmond

UK is the envy of the world, David Cameron tells Scots

Scottish independence: Scotland is different...you only have to watch Braveheart or read the 1707 Act of Union to see how different

Orange Order staging march in Edinburgh in support of Union: Thousands due at parade ahead of Scottish referendum

Scottish independence: Just days to go in one of the longest political campaigns in history  

Scottish 'yes' is a big no, no according to Peter Scudamore

Scottish independence: Whether Yes or No, we can learn lessons from the Scots

Shift towards Yes camp up by 38% as campaigns neck-and-neck according to TNS Scotland survey

Gordon Brown makes devolution vow in bid to spike Yes campaign guns 

Economist warns Scotland 'to be afraid of independence'

Scottish Referendum: Wait and see the outcome before dealing with any implications, says Martin McGuinness

No and Yes neck and neck, poll says

Scottish independence: Yes vote would have repercussions on border control

Scotland swings to Yes but Alex Salmond isn't resting on his laurels

Scots offered more powers if they reject independence

Pro-independence Yes campaign leads polls for first time in Scottish referendum battle

Scottish independence: Logic of staying in United Kingdom is slow to sink in 

Scottish independence: A matter for the head and heart

Referendum outcome won't affect us - SDC Trailers aims to stay close to hauliers

Scotland independence could bring tax breaks for North Sea oil industry

Alistair Darling: Scottish independence referendum will go right to the wire

Scottish independence: Trade and cultural links too strong to ever break

Scottish referendum: London sells us short in buying No vote 

Independence: What's the next step for Scotland and how will Northern Ireland people living there vote?

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