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  1. Tonight's debate, chaired by James Cook, was the latest in a series from across Scotland in the lead up to September's referendum on independence
  2. The panel, which included the SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, took questions from a live audience in Inverness
  3. On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Aiden James and Jamie Ross

All times stated are UK

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And that's the end of our debate coverage. Thanks for being with us. You can find more referendum news, features and background information on the

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Scotland Decides.

The debate ends on a conciliatory note, as Angus Robertson says both campaigns should respect those on the other side.

Angus Robertson says the rest of the world is "looking in awe" at Scotland.

"No I don't, because I think we've done the right thing to sort out the economic mess in this country," Mr Alexander replies.

An audience member asks Danny Alexander if he feels any guilt for going into coalition with the Conservatives at Westminster.

BBC debate from Inverness

Ken Stott says he thinks that "if there is a 'No' vote, there will be another referendum". There are a few groans from the audience at that prospect.

Blair McDougall says the debate should not become a "neverendum" like Quebec's independence debate. "We want it settled," he argues.

The panel

Next is a question from Ian Finlayson: Whatever way the vote goes Scotland will be a divided nation. What should be done to pull the country together in the event of either result?

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Jimmy Munro: Alexander, Darling and company sound like wee boys in the playground. "If you don't play the game our way we won't speak to you" However, keep it up we're not daft wee boys in Scotland, you're swinging the momentum the YES way.

Anonymous: The rest of Britain are also unhappy about bedroom tax and food banks. Why do they think it's just Scottish folk are unhappy?

Margaret, Glasgow: SNP are backing away from the oil question (which they used to parade) because its running down.

David Cameron visited Shetland in July, as the UK government announced a new

electricity subsidy deal.

Blair McDougall says David Cameron publicised his visit and had a photo taken with a Shetland pony. If it was a secret trip, the PM is the "worst James Bond we've ever had".

Your views

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Finona: This 'head n heart' thing is a crock. Do the research. I'm voting yes, confidently, with my head AND my heart. #bbcindyref

Michael S Vigne: Are we really suggesting that Governments can keep oil finds secret when oil companies need to make reassure their shareholders? #BBCIndyref

Ken Stott claims the UK government would not give a reason for Prime Minister David Cameron's recent visit to Shetland but adds that if he were in the UK government, he wouldn't announce "we've struck oil on the eve of a referendum".

Angus Robertson says he "hasn't seen" reports of a new oil find.

Danny Alexander insists: "There is no massive new oil find." He says online rumours are "definitively wrong".

Danny Alexander

The next question is from Deirdre Falconer, who asks: Social media is rife with rumours of massive oil discovery in the Clair field. Can you confirm this and if so what are the implications for the UK and an independent Scotland?

Nicky Marr says the choice for her is "a head and heart thing". "I love the idea of independence," she says, "but I just don't know what I'm voting 'Yes' to if I vote 'Yes'."

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Shrew Naldö: Missed the start of the debate but Danny Alexander has been bang on the money since I tuned in #bbcindyref

John Wilson: And again @dannyalexander Wont answer a question The answer is yes devolved powers can be taken away they have already #indyref #bbcindyref

Angus Robertson says if Scots vote No "you have no idea what you're going to get". A "Yes" vote would mean more powers, he says.

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Stewart Hendry from Grantown on Spey: Any form of devolution can be overridden, withdrawn, or dissolved at any time of Westminster's choosing! Question for Danny Alexander from the Lib-Dem mercenery add-on party.

Mark: I am thirteen years old, yet I can clearly see how blatantly ignorant the Yes campaign have been about the fact that the Bank of England states that Scotland WON'T have the pound as their currency. Surely, at the end of the day, if they say no, we won't have it?

Danny Alexander accuses the Scottish government of centralising powers in Edinburgh and introducing "

armed police in the Highlands".

Mr McDougall says he had seen Ken Stott in the Hobbit, which was "about as thick and as believable" as the Scottish government's White Paper. "That's not what you said to me earlier!" Mr Stott jokes.

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Andrew Scott Crines: Worth noting Boris Johnson is not a Westminster MP #bbcindyref

avisit2scotland: All this has went on for so long I can't remember why we are not being offered #devomax #bbcindyref

Blair MacDougall says Boris Johnson is "a clown" and not even an MP. "I can't imagine serious political party would elect him as leader," he says.

"Thanks goodness Boris Johnson is saying these things as it will make more people vote 'Yes'," says an audience member.

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Loretta from Glasgow: I agree with the undecided member that there is not enough sorted out already. Other European countries KNEW they were ready for independence because they had fundamental facts and belief. WE as a nation are not economically ready for independence, though possibly emotionally.

Anonymous: Would Danny Alexander retain his current post and salary in the event of a yes vote?

William Petrie: The coalition have made pledges before and renaged on them why should we believe them now.

Margaret, Glasgow: It's worth noting that we've only had food banks since Alex Salmond came into power 7 years ago.

An audience member says the Scottish government can "blame Westminster" for any problems.

Audience members

Ken Stott claims that if there is a No vote, "Scotland will disappear off the agenda and be told quite simply to shut up". He asks the audience if they want to be governed from Scotland or England.

Danny Alexander says Scotland will get new tax powers through the Scotland Act, which will come into force next year.

Referendum panel

The next questions is from Blair Allan: Has Boris Johnson let the Westminster cat out of the bag, with no more powers for Scotland?

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Bobby: When are we going to hear what extra powers scotland will get in the event of a no vote?

Alex W, Edinburgh: Will the yes campaign tell us the downsides to independence?

Dougie Harrison: Charities like Cancer Research are not Government run! They can surely operate irrespective of any notional 'border'?

An audience member says Westminster has "absolutely no idea what it's like to live in the north of Scotland".

Angus Robertson claims that the Lib Dems and the Conservatives have considered abolishing the Barnet formula.

"The Barnett formula has abided for generations because it works," Blair McDougall says. He claims the "only threat" to it is "leaving the United Kingdom".

Your views


Agree that we will require a second referendum once terms are negotiated. Both sides appear to be scaremongering.

All discussion about currency is negated once EU tell Scotland entry is contingent on using Euro.

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Peter McCluskey: It doesn't matter if something is devolved, under constraints of Barnett our funding for such things is under constant threat #bbcindyref

Derek Wann: Well said that man.. Yes campaign are doing the scaremongering #bbcindyref

"If what you're worried about are the resources for the NHS, you should be voting No," Mr Alexander argues.

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Jordan Callanan: Vote yes for Mrs Doubtfire #bbcindyref #RobinWilliams

Gemma Maclean: How are teenagers like myself suppose to decide what is best for scotland if yes/no are just arguing and not answering questions? #indyref

Alexandra Brown: Where's #theHighlander from Nairn? #bbcindyref #yes #18september

Danny Alexander agrees with a No supporter in the audience that the Yes campaign's claims on the NHS constitute a "desperate scare campaign".

Another audience member says "the No campaign is accused of scaremongering but this is the biggest scare of all".

Debate audience