Just after that, there will be an election and people will get to choose the government they want.
All parties will be able to set out their stall for that first election in an independent Scotland. At the SNP conference at the weekend, we outlined some policies that we would choose to implement if we were the government after independence. Two of these policies are particularly important as they are intended to address the rising cost of living that so many people struggle with.
Firstly, we announced plans to cut gas and electricity bills by around 5%. The steep increases in energy prices are making it more difficult for people to heat their homes and make ends meet.
In our view, something has to be done, not as a short term measure, but to cut costs permanently. Right now, around 5% of our bills are made up of a levy to pay for energy-efficiency schemes that the power companies are obliged to implement.
The Energy Company Obligation and the Warm Homes Discount - as the particular schemes are called - add in the region of £70 a year to the average energy bill.
The SNP government has no ability to change this just now as responsibility for these schemes lie at Westminster. However, that would change if we were independent.
What we have decided we would do in these circumstances is remove the cost of these schemes from energy bills and fund them directly from central government resources. This would cut energy bills and ease the pain that people are feeling.
The second policy we announced at the weekend relates to wages. Around 70,000 people in Scotland earn the minimum wage. In recent years, the minimum wage has failed to keep pace with inflation. That is wrong. The poorest paid shouldn't be forced deeper into poverty by the fact that the money they work hard for doesn't take account of the cost of living. Right now, the SNP government can't do anything about this, as the minimum wage is set at Westminster.
However, that changes with independence and, in these circumstances, the SNP will guarantee that the minimum wage will always rise in line with inflation. If that had been the case over the past five years, the lowest paid would be £675 a year better off than they are now.
We also want to encourage employers to pay the living wage and I announced at the weekend that we will fund the Poverty Alliance to introduce a living wage accreditation scheme. This will promote the living wage and encourage employers to sign up to it.
These are common sense policies that are about raising living standards and lifting people out of poverty. Having the ability to implement them will be one of the big gains from a yes vote in the referendum next year.