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UK, Scottish leaders to meet on independence vote

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's prime minister will meet with the leader of Scotland on plans for an independence vote.

But David Cameron's office said Alex Salmond should first attend talks scheduled for Thursday with Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, a member of Cameron's Cabinet.

Salmond has said a vote on whether Scotland should sever its ties from Britain and become an independent state should take place in 2014.

Cameron's government has said Scotland's semiautonomous Parliament doesn't have necessary legal powers to hold a binding referendum.

It has offered the Scottish administration powers to hold the vote, but indicated it should take place within 18 months and ask only whether Scotland should quit the United Kingdom or not.

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