PERTH, Scotland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Saturday urged voters to back the 2014 independence referendum, saying British rule over Scotland "is beyond salvation."
Speaking at a Scottish National Party's annual conference in Perth, Salmond called on voters to vote in favor of Scotland's independence, The Irish Times reported.
"Scotland can vote 'No' and secure nothing, or we can vote 'Yes' to get the platform that we need," he told over 1,000 people.
Independence, he said, "is about using that power to create a more prosperous economy and a more just society."
Salmond did acknowledge that a majority of Scots remain unsure of the referendum's merits.
"But we also know that there is a majority for change in this country. We know that at heart people trust their own Parliament far more than they will ever trust Westminster," he said.
Scotland is set to vote on the independence referendum in October 2014.