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  1. Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to visit Scotland tomorrow
  2. Former prime minister Gordon Brown heads further devolution plans
  3. Labour, Lib Dems and Tories back Brown timetable
  4. Alex Salmond says No campaign "falling apart at the seams"
  5. The latest poll says vote too close to call
  6. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  7. Voters will answer the question: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst, Bryan Quinn, Graham Fraser and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Marianne Taylor

BBC Scotland news

Right, that's all for today from the referendum Live team. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news from both sides of the campaign, as well as reaction and expert analysis.

Until then, you can keep up with the latest developments on the

Scotland Decides website or listen in to Referendum Tonight on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW and DAB.

Your views


@Rogermare: Like end of bad marriage - 3 Westminster stooges rush over with chocs flowers & promises: no detail too little too late.

@Nevermore: Salmond & Co will destroy Scotland just to get a mention in the history books. Save Scotland Vote No.

Carney response

The two sides of the campaign have been responding to Bank of England governor Mark Carney's comments earlier today that

"a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty".

For the union, Better Together leader Alistair Darling said: "Mark Carney has confirmed what we have been saying all along - a currency union is not compatible with sovereignty.

"It would mean what would then be a foreign country having control over our economy. That's why a currency union would be bad for Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK."

For the pro-independence campaign, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "Successful independent countries such as France, Germany, Finland and Austria all share a currency - and they are in charge of 100% of their tax revenues, as an independent Scotland would be.

"At present, under devolution, Scotland controls only 7% of our revenues."

A question of sport

Tonight at 22:00 on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mark Pougatch looks at how the outcome of the referendum could affect sport in Scotland.

He'll be joined by Michael Stewart, who won four caps for Scotland and played for both Hibs and Hearts, and Lynsey Sharp, below, who won silver for Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Both will reveal on air which campaign they are backing.

Lynsey Sharp

Also taking part will be former first minister Henry McLeish, who wrote a report on the state of Scottish football.

You can

listen to the programme here.

Video - Nick Robinson on PMQs

Watch the BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson give analysis on the decision by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to miss Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow so they can campaign in Scotland.

Nick Robinson

Your views


Alan Black: These are real desperate measures from Better Together. Nothing new offered. No cross party agreements on anything other than the 'promise to talk about things'. Scots remember the last time similar bribes were made to fool us into saying no to devolution. The result was not a single power granted followed by years of misery from Thatcher. We won't get fooled again.

Mark Watson: Alex Salmond is becoming increasingly smug and arrogant as we get closer to the 18th. His quarter truths and smear tactics aided by Murdoch seem to have chimed with some - this may be his undoing. He is acting like it's his country and no-one else is allowed a contrary opinion.

Welsh warning

The Labour First Minister of Wales has called on Scots to resist the "siren call" of independence and the nationalists' "promise of a socialist utopia post-separation".

Carwyn Jones said some Labour voters could vote Yes in a bid to "break the shackles of a Tory-led Westminster government".

But he called on them to consider if "solidarity" could be achieved by Scotland "walking away from friends, neighbours and partners".

With just over a week to go until voters in Scotland decide if the country is to remain in the UK, Mr Jones travelled to Edinburgh to join the referendum campaign.

Symbolism and pragmatism

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

Symbolism all around.

Behind the three pro-Union Scottish party leaders, the Holyrood Parliament.

Scottish Parliament leaders

Beyond, in the distance, Calton Hill where they previously declared their joint support for more devolved power.

And the first minister?

On the steps of St Giles - the High Kirk, an iconic centre-piece in Scotland's long history, not least in 1637 when Jenny Geddes protested against the use of the Anglican prayer book by hurling a stool at the minister.

Read Brian's full blog.

Approval ratings

Asked whether he thought that politicians whose personal approval ratings were so low could aid the campaign, Mr McDougall of Better Together said: "Politicians and political leaders come and go. This is about a constitutional settlement that should last for the next 300 years, just as our current one has abided for three centuries."

'Broad consensus'

Leader of the Better Together campaign Blair McDougall told Newsdrive: "We are offering what the people of Scotland want.

"They want decisions made in Scotland but without taking the huge economic risks of leaving the UK.

"The package of powers has been set out long in advance. The party leaders in the spring came together around a broad consensus on tax and welfare. That has already been established.

"What we are doing is giving a clear timetable on how we will deliver on that promise."

'Least trusted politicians'

Scottish government minister Derek MacKay, representing the Yes campaign, told BBC Scotland's Newsdrive programme he was not frightened by the prospect of pro-union party leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg descending on Scotland to campaign for a No vote tomorrow.

"They happen to be some of the least trusted politicians in Scotland," he said.

"This is a panic. This is a reaction to the fact that the grassroots momentum in the Yes campaign has galvanised many of the people of Scotland.

"Cancelling Prime Minister's Questions is one thing, what we would rather they would cancel is the programme of austerity or the privatisation of the NHS."

More powers

The three main pro-union parties have said Scotland will get more powers if it votes No in the independence referendum, with a new fast-track timetable set out.

But the

three parties have made different pledges on what those powers will be.

In brief

  • Labour said MSPs should be able to vary tax by up to 15p, giving them the option of restoring the 50p rate for top earners. They would also be able to cut the 45p rate but only if the basic rate was cut as well.
  • Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Scotland should be given full income tax powers
  • Under the Liberal Democrats' Scottish "home rule" vision, Holyrood would raise and spend most of its own taxes and borrow on its own terms.

Leaders head north

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are making the biggest "blunder" yet of the pro-UK campaign by making a last minute trip to Scotland ahead of next week's independence referendum, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

The SNP leader hit out after it was announced the Prime Minister and Labour leader are to miss Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow to come to Scotland in a bid to drum up support for the union.

The Scottish First Minister claimed: "The message of this extraordinary, last minute reaction is that the Westminster elite are in a state of absolute panic as the ground in Scotland shifts under their feet."

In a joint statement the Tory leader, the Labour leader and the Liberal Democrat leader said they wanted to be out "listening and talking to voters" about the choice they face on 18 September.

Flying the flag

Here's a better picture of the Saltire being raised above UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office in the run-up to next week's referendum on independence.

The process was not without problems, with the Scottish flag initially making it part of the way up the flagpole before falling down.


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  • In a series running up to polling day, I and my fellow BBC colleagues are looking at the major referendum questions and by using statistics, analysis and expert views shining a light on some of the possible answers.

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Viv Rushworth: I am sickened and saddened by the actions of the Better Together campaign and the UK government regards the goalposts being shifted in this debate. Thousands of people have cast their postal vote on the information available to them at that time, only to learn of additional proposals now. Dirty tactics, dishonest campaigning. I personally feel my vote has been devalued. Shame on you.

Bob Dutnall: This wake up call from the politicians is certainly very late, but no-one really thought the Scottish people would be unwise enough to retreat into 'little Scotland', led by someone who is selling them snake oil (or crude oil in this case) that he doesn't have. The latest polls seem to show that they might, after all, be unwise enough to do this, although with over 20% undecided, the traditional Scottish canniness may yet emerge.

English voting in Scotland

There are almost half a million English people in Scotland - and most of them want to remain in the union.

But polls suggest one in four will vote for Scottish independence, with some actively campaigning to end the union.

The BBC's Vanessa Barford investigates.

Scottish independence referendum

Your views


Glenn McAuley: 23% of Scots still don't know which way they will vote, despite the fact that the campaign has been running for two years. Yet Alex Salmond believes an independent Scotland would be the best educated country on the planet.

Andrew MacGregor: Why should I believe the promises of all three Westminster party leaders to bring in further powers for a devolved Scottish government after the 2015 general election given their record of broken manifesto commitments?

'Fleeing Westminster'

Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart said Prime Minister David Cameron, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband were "fleeing" Westminster in a "blind panic" to campaign in Scotland tomorrow.

The trio announced in a joint statement they will be campaigning in Scotland for a No vote in the independence referendum, with Prime Minister's Questions now featuring Commons Leader William Hague and Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman.

MPs at the House of Commons heard that Speaker John Bercow was informed about the absence of the three leaders from tomorrow's PMQs session after a joint statement was issued at noon.

Westminster calls

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been criticised for not informing MPs about their proposals for further devolution for Scotland.

Speaker John Bercow insisted there is nothing to stop a government minister from making a statement to the House of Commons, as calls emerged for further information.

Conservative MP Christopher Chope said if the UK government was "genuinely keen" to share details with MPs then there was still time to do so today.

Robert Peston

Economics editor

So I am told Carney means neither rUK or Scotland would remain properly sovereign nations if Sc goes indie & we have currency union. Hmmm

Your views


David W McKay: Mr Carney says that a currency union requires the loss of a certain amount of sovereignty but whatever sort of union you enter to requires some loss of sovereignty. The UK ceded lots of powers to the EU when it joined. Did the ceding of those powers mean that joining the EU was bad for the UK? It then comes down to an assessment of whether the gains outweigh the losses, and that will be the same for Scotland if it voted for independence.

Colin Jack: Ceding of the powers required as part of a currency union have already been recognised and form part of the "Yes" campaign's overall currency plan.

Nicola Walters: Surely a high proportion of Scots realise that Alex Salmond has offered them nothing but lies (for example the "Stop the NHS being privatised" argument) and empty promises (such as his insistence Scotland would keep the pound). Scots are intelligent people, so why haven't more of them realised that staying within the United Kingdom is the only viable option? Every logical argument is against Scottish independence.

Flying the flag

The Saltire has been raised over Downing Street, though a lack of wind seems to be a problem.

Saltire at Downing Street

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David Henry: It's like a bus timetable without any buses. #bbcindyref

Robert Markless: After the Scottish Referendum what will be the point of the SNP if the Scots vote Yes? #bbcindyref

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David Munro: I have asked the nationalists on numerous occasion one simple question, which is "why do you want to make your largest trading partner a competitor?" I have never received an answer.

Angela Robertson: It is embarrassing to witness the feeble efforts of the No campaign in the last couple of days where they are trying to address the independence vote potentially "breaking up Britain".

The stable door has been open for a while and the horses have well and truly bolted. Flying flags, making vague promises and charging up to Scotland en masse will only alienate a disenfranchised Scottish electorate even further.

The monarchy

First Minister Alex Salmond has said the Queen "will be proud" to be the

monarch of an independent Scotland.

The SNP leader dismissed press reports that Her Majesty was concerned about the prospect of Scottish independence.

First Minister and Queen

He said he had an audience with the Queen at Balmoral Castle two weeks ago but would not say what was discussed.

'Breath of fresh air'

Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB, described Mark Carney's comments as "a breath of fresh air".

He added: "People keep talking about whether there is a Plan B or Plan C, but there aren't any, because it is incompatible, as the governor has made clear."

Carney on currency union

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said that "a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty".

Mr Carney made the comment in a question and answer session at the TUC Congress in Liverpool.

Mark Carney

The comments

echo a speech the Bank of England governor made in Edinburgh in January, when he said: "A durable, successful currency union requires some ceding of national sovereignty."

Your views


Scott Christian: With attention on the new powers being drawn up by Westminster and the uncertainty with what those powers will be, everyone is forgetting the enormous uncertainty associated with an independent Scotland. At least with a No vote we can be certain for more powers, a Yes vote still has uncertainty on basic concerns such as currency, defence and pensions.

Anne McGregor: The PM has been "invited" on numerous occasions to come to Scotland to debate with the FM. Why is he only putting in a token appearance now? Because he has woken up to the fact that the Scots may choose their own destiny. This shows the arrogance of the Westminster establishment. Devo-max could have been offered at the outset but wasn't. This is too little too late.

What do you think?


Adam Burley: 'Politician promises…'. Is this not an oxymoron?

Martin Cannell: Why on Earth are we giving Scotland more powers just to keep them in the United Kingdom? They either want independence or not. Cameron, Brown etc are just campaigning for popularity and canvassing because of the forthcoming general election. Scotland cannot have its cake and eat it.

Downing Street to fly Saltire

Downing Street will raise the Saltire flag this afternoon, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to Scotland tomorrow.

Counting the votes

BBC Scotland's Jackie Bird has been speaking to the

chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly about the organisational challenge she faces.

Mary Pitcaithly

The referendum is expected to have Scotland's highest ever voter turnout.

Once polling places close and votes are counted, it will Ms Pitcaithly's job to formally announce the legally-binding result.

What do the unions think?

The BBC's Political Reporter Justin Parkinson examines what the various unions across the country think of independence.

Who is for? Who wants Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom? What role do the unions play?

'I speak as prime minister'

Mr Cameron was asked if cancelling Prime Minister's Questions, rushing through plans to devolve more powers to Scotland and raising the Saltire over Downing Street were not desperate last-ditch moves by the No campaign.

He was asked: If Scotland does vote for independence, can you stay as prime minister?

Mr Cameron said: "I care passionately about the United Kingdom and I want to do everything I can to put the arguments in front of the people. In the end it is for the Scottish people to decide. But I want them to know that the rest of the United Kingdom, and I speak as prime minister, want them to stay."

Saltire in Liverpool

As we reported earlier, Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the Saltire to be flown across the UK.

Scottish flag in Liverpool

Here's Mr Miliband and Liverpool's Labour mayor Joe Anderson pictured with the flag.

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Paul Gillon in Fife: Well well, nothing changes. 1979 "vote no and we'll give you better devolution." Tory Alec Douglas Hume 2014 -10 days to the vote. "Vote No and we'll give you better devolution" Gordon Brown et al. No wonder Westminster is not trusted.

Anon: What happens if a hung parliament produces a Ukip coalition who have not signed up for more devolution?

Donald Booth: As a Scottish Conservative voter, I find it hugely frustrating and disgusting that the Yes campaign constantly dismisses our vote as irrelevant. Alex Salmond and the Yes campaign constantly state that they speak for the Scottish people. Even worse they tell each demographic group in Scotland what they want to hear regardless of reality.

Norman Smith

Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

Government sources say voters like it when politicians put aside their differences and nowhere, frankly, is that seen more clearly than in the role given to Gordon Brown.

We now have a situation where the man David Cameron replaced as prime minister is, by and large, fronting the campaign to save the union which, in time, may save David Cameron's neck.

So these two men who were at loggerheads, personally and politically, are having to work together to keep the union.

Norman Smith

Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

I don't think the three leaders will be seen together in Scotland tomorrow.

Speaking to one Downing Street person, his phrase was "they will spread the magic around".

What he means by that is that they will make their own pitches to their own constituencies.

So, you won't see David Cameron having to make the case with Ed Miliband to some miners in Scotland's heartlands and you won't see Ed Miliband having to make his case to a bowling club in Morningside.

Norman Smith

Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

No doubt the nationalists will pick on the fact the Westminster party leaders will not campaign together.

They will say 'they are coming up here but they can't even get up on the same platform together, they are still at sixes and sevens'.

There is an element of risk of course because the danger is they can be portrayed as suddenly parachuting into Scotland at the last minute to tell people what to think.

But the view of all three party leaders is that the risk is outweighed by fact of being perceived to be coming together, that sense of unity, that sense of the importance that all three party leaders attach to the issue of keeping Scotland in the union.

[They think this is] so important they are willing to set aside the main parliamentary event of the week, Prime Minister's Questions.