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Summary

  1. 'No' party leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg campaign in Scotland
  2. Alex Salmond calls the trio's visit 'too little, too late'
  3. David Cameron says he would be 'heartbroken' if Scotland leaves the Union
  4. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  5. Voters will answer the question: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Live Reporting

By Paul McLaren, 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 from Referendum Live for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest campaign news, analysis and reaction.

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

Scotland Decides website.

Daily Record

tweets: Exclusive Daily Record poll gives No campaign 6 point lead with just over a week until the #indyref

Cameron - your views

Andy Hudson from Glasgow: If David Cameron is here to listen to the people of Scotland, why is he only listening to a selected audience in selected venues? Why isn't he and the other two standing in Sauchiehall Street or Princes Street and listening to what the real mass of people have to say?

Coming up...

Tune in to tonight's Reporting Scotland on BBC One Scotland at 18:30 when Jackie Bird interviews Alex Salmond live in studio.

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Viewers in the rest of the UK can watch the programme on the

BBC iPlayer.

Your contributions

Chris Pilgrim: Finally we are hearing passion for the Union. We all bring our different national and regional identities, but above all we share a common history and the values and aspirations which have helped us achieve so much together. The UK loves, respects and needs the unique contribution of Scotland and the Scottish people.

On the radio

Referendum Tonight assesses the impact of today's visit to Scotland by the UK party Leaders. Join Graham Stewart on BBC Radio Scotland, 810 medium wave and DAB, between 11 pm and midnight.

We'll also have perspectives on the debate from a first-time voter from Dundee and the view from the Netherlands.

Your views

Les Davidson emailed: Voting No does not make me less Scottish. Independence will be a financial problem both for Scotland and the rest of the UK. The effort involved in breaking up the country will cost billions and for that reason, I will be saying No. My children and grandchildren need a secure financial future.

John Dorwood: I think Luke Hutson (15:57) misses the point that when everything was going well for a No vote no one cared. Now it's closer, the three stooges don't want to be the leaders who lost the Union!

Clegg in Selkirk

Nick Clegg has said he is looking forward to an "exciting new chapter" after the 18 September vote.

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When asked in Selkirk if enough had been done to save the union, the deputy prime minister said: "It's for the people of Scotland to decide.

"I just hope that we can all, after 18 September, embark on this exciting new chapter, not only for Scotland but for the whole of the United Kingdom, of wholesale constitutional renewal where Scotland gains more powers but we retain the things that we have retained together for so long."

From our own correspondents

As the issue of Scottish independence dominates the headlines, BBC correspondents reflect on what it could mean for both Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Read the thoughts of business editor Kamal Ahmed, defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall, home affairs correspondent Mark Easton and others.

Clegg on 'family of nations'

Speaking in Selkirk, Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg said the "family of nations that comprises the UK had done "remarkable things".

He added: "We've beaten fascism in Europe, we've created the NHS, we've created the BBC, Team GB did do well at the London Olympics - let's keep doing the things that we do so well together but, as the same time, enter into an exciting new chapter of devolving new powers to Scotland as well."

He added: "Not only our generation but my children, my grandchildren all future generations, will be worse off, will be poorer, will be less safe, will be less secure if we have different parts of the United Kingdom turning our backs against each other.

"It's a momentous decision. It's a decision forever."

Leaders debate on Mumsnet

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling have gone online simultaneously in a bid to win Mumsnet forum members to their side of the campaign.

The two leaders took part in this afternoon's online debate from separate locations - Mr Salmond was at a cafe in Edinburgh, Mr Darling was in Glasgow.

Alex Salmond
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Both had to handle difficult questions from the Mumsnet contributors, who accused them of "patronising" and "scaremongering" tactics.

Alistair Darling
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A recent survey by the forum suggested 48% of their members said they would vote "Yes", with 41% planning to vote "No". A further 11% were undecided.

Your thoughts

Jim from Edinburgh emailed: Alex Salmond continually asserts that if you vote yes in the referendum you will always get the Government you vote for. In 2011, the SNP received 44.7% of the votes cast which gave them 53% of the seats. The turnout was 50.4% of the electorate, so 22.5% of the voters in Scotland voted SNP and got a majority SNP Government. That does not seem to me to be getting the Government you vote for.

5 Live

Tomorrow, the Radio 5 Live business programme Wake Up To Money will focus on the issue of Scottish independence and currency from 05:15.

Then, at 22:00, tune in to the Big Big Debate Extra Time presented by Stephen Nolan and John Pienaar. The show will feature the Scotland Decides debate at The Hydro in Glasgow, where the audience is made up of 16 and 17-year-old first-time voters. Following that, there will be a phone-in.

Your views

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Dave texts: The solutions always need to address the problems at hand. Devolution helps us do just that. Total separation is an ideal that creates more problems.

Salmond comments 'divisive'

Better Together leader Alistair Darling criticised First Minister Alex Salmond for claiming the referendum is about "Team Scotland against Team Westminster".

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Mr Darling told the BBC's Gavin Esler: "We know what he is hinting at here. That somehow people who are not on his side don't deserve to be heard. That they are not truly patriotic, not truly Scottish.

"It is deeply offensive to a number of people in Scotland. It is deeply divisive and it is wholly unnecessary."

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Luke Hutson, London: Alex Salmond's remark of 'too little, too late' compares with the SNP's campaign, which has been too vague, too often. The UK party leaders have a duty to campaign for a 300-year-old union. To belittle their attempt shows how much Salmond fears it.

John Duffy: I find it hard to believe that failed politicians such as Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, 'bolstered' by the untrustworthy trio from Westminster, can honestly be in a position to dictate to the people of Scotland what is good for them.

Salmond on Standard Life

Alex Salmond has described fears that Standard Life is preparing to leave an independent Scotland as "nonsense" and "scaremongering".

The pensions and insurance giant issued a statement today advising investors that it is "planning for new regulated companies in England to which we could transfer parts of our business if there was a need to do so".

When asked if Standard Life is preparing to pull out of Scotland, Mr Salmond, who was in Edinburgh, said: "I think that is nonsense. On the way here I came past St Andrew Square, and in the corner you will find a substantial new office block being developed. I think it's a £90m development which is being financed by Standard Life Investments.

"That doesn't look like the actions of a company that has any intentions whatsoever of pulling out of Scotland."

Leaders in Scotland - your views

Following Lord Prescott's comment that David Cameron may be a "hindrance" to the No campaign,

Steph Brady tweets: "They can't agree between themselves. Now that's hardly an example of Better Together."

Cox campaigns for Yes

The actor Brian Cox has spent the afternoon campaigning for a "Yes" vote in Dundee.

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In January, the Troy and Braveheart star, who comes from the city,

spoke to the BBC's Bill Whiteford in a a webcast on the issue of Scottish independence.

Clegg visit

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meets workers and executives at Selkirk-based energy supplier Spark Energy while on a visit to Scotland urging the country to vote "No" in the referendum.

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Salmond: Trimble 'misrepresented'

Alex Salmond has dismissed fears that an independent Scotland could disrupt the peace process in Northern Ireland.

The first minister leader said former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble's concerns about an independent Scotland had been misrepresented as a warning about potential disruption.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Mr Salmond said: "I saw that argument run in a statement from David Trimble, and then about 10 minutes later I saw David appear on the radio saying of course that what he was actually arguing is that you can make argument to the contrary.

"That an exemplar of peaceful change might provide a good example for all societies, not just Northern Ireland, of how substantial constitutional change can be achieved in a peaceful consented process."

Opposing oil claims

A leading oil economist has predicted almost 100 new discoveries in the North Sea over the next 30 years, on the same day as a major industry figure warned against basing an independent Scotland's economic future on "exaggerated" claims.

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Here, we take a look at both sides of the argument.

Ed's 'heart and soul' speech

Speaking about people from the rest of the United Kingdom, Mr Miliband said: "Our hearts lie with you, and that's why we hope you decide to stay together."

Closing his speech, the Labour leader highlighted the history of the United Kingdom and stated British people fought fascists together and created the NHS and a minimum wage together. He then argued dealing with the challenges of the future are done better together and not alone.

More Miliband

During his speech in Cumbernauld, Ed Miliband outlined what a Labour government would do if elected, including abolishing the so-called Bedroom Tax.

He said: "Part of the incredibly important offer from the No campaign in this referendum is further devolution to the Scottish Parliament."

The Labour leader added that independence "drives you away from social justice".

Investor advice

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Hargreaves Lansdown advice to savers and long-term investors re: indyref: "ignore the 'noise' and stick with your plan".

Their advice to Scottish investors/savers: indyref 'yes' would add costs, but change will take months or years to become clear.

Miliband speech

The Labour leader focussed his speech on social justice. He said there needs to be change in Scotland.

"That thirst for change is not just here in Scotland but across the United Kingdom," he added.

Miliband plea

Mr Miliband said he is not a Scot, he doesn't have a vote but he cares passionately about the outcome of the referendum.

Juncker on EU membership

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The President Elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been pressed on the issue of an independent Scotland's membership of the EU. He tells the BBC's Gavin Hewitt that he is "convinced" the people of Scotland "do not want" him to comment on "this particularly Scottish and British issue".

In the interview he added that "every country wanting to be a member of the EU has to apply for membership" and the final say would be one of "unanimity, as all the accession decisions are".

Ed in Cumbernauld

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was campaigning for Better Together and making the case to stay in the Union with his "head, heart and soul".

"Head - we are stronger staying together because we can better create a more equal, a more just society.

"The case from the heart - because of the ties that bind us together which would be broken apart by separatism.

"And I want to make the case to you from the soul. It was in halls like this that our movement was formed on the basis of solidarity, solidarity that has built us our country's greatest institutions like the National Health Service."

Miliband's speech

Ed Miliband, campaigning in Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire, said he was in Scotland today "to listen, to talk and to make the case for Scotland staying in the United Kingdom".

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James from Linlithgow responds to Sir Ian Wood's comments: "If the oil is insignificant, why doesn't Westminster simply devolve all tax raising powers to Scotland including control of the oil fields? From her tax revenues, Scotland could pay her fair share of the common UK tax burden, rather than rely on a weekly Giro payment from Westminster via the Barnett formula. I don't trust Westminster and will be voting Yes."

Your thoughts

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James Martin emailed: Robert Mitchell (10:18) England is not mentioned much simply because it is not Scotland against England. Scots are not voting against England! We are voting for a better parliament than Westminster. The English will still be good friends and valued neighbours!

Gary Macdonald wrote: With one week to go, the duplicitous yes campaign still have no answers to the main fiscal questions that will impact our lives greatly if we vote for independence. I'm a passionate Scot but also live in the real world. Voting for independence won't make me any more Scottish. Just poorer, and with broken social and cultural bonds and with a more uncertain future for my children.

Prescott calls for united footie team

The Scotsman's Martin McLaughlin

tweets: John Prescott using #indyref tour to call for unified Eng / Sco football team to "beat the Germans." Did @Aiannucci write his script?

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Lawrence Wilkes wrote: In the event of a no vote, and Scotland getting the 'devo max' option, will the West Lothian question also be resolved? If Scotland has devo max, then shouldn't England get it too? Or will Scottish MPs still be able to vote on policies that only apply in the rest of the UK, whilst English MPs have no say over theirs?

Claudiu Popescu said: Why is so hard for the three Westminster parties to make a common offer on the extra powers they are willing to give to Holyrood so we can analyse it and see what are the benefits? That prompts me to vote Yes.

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

Sir George Mathewson: "'No' scaremongering is derisory, damaging + desperate: time for common sense to replace Westminster politicking"

Kamal Ahmed

BBC Business editor

And here's Shell CEO Ben van Beurden: Sir Ian Wood is right in his technical assessment [of the] amount of remaining oil and gas #indyref

BP chief supports Union

Responding to Sir Ian Wood's comments earlier that voters were being "mis-led and influenced by highly inaccurate forecasts" in relation to North Sea oil, BP chief executive Bob Dudley said future prospects were "best served" by staying in the UK.

He said in a statement: "BP has been in the UK North Sea for 50 years and we hope to operate here for many years to come. However, the province is now mature and I believe Sir Ian Wood correctly assesses its future potential.

"The opportunities today are smaller and more challenging to develop than in the past. We also face the challenges of extending the productive life of existing assets and managing the future costs of decommissioning. Much of this activity requires fiscal support to be economic and future long-term investments require fiscal stability and certainty.

"As a major investor in Scotland - now and into the future - BP believes that the future prospects for the North Sea are best served by maintaining the existing capacity and integrity of the United Kingdom."

Your texts

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Ewan from Queen's Park: What is it that Darling doesn't understand about democracy relating to Scotland? We have never been a democratic country, as the Scottish people never get governments in power that we vote for. It's hardly rocket science. But if folks are happy for Scotland to be a powerless shore, then fair play and vote No.

Daniel texts: Billy Bragg you are so wrong. You guys think of everything in anti-establishment terms. There are real families with an awful lot to lose from a Yes vote and we need our leaders to represent us and fight for us.

Scotland dominates PMQs

The independence referendum dominated proceedings at Westminster during the final prime minister's questions before next week's vote.

Leader of the Commons William Hague and his opposite number Harriet Harman stood in for David Cameron and Ed Miliband and repeatedly called on Scots to vote "No" on 18 September.

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Mr Hague said it would be a ''tragedy'' if Scotland opted for independence. Ms Harman said she hoped Scots would remain as ''family and not become foreigners''.

All the MPs who spoke on the subject, with the exception of the SNP's Peter Wishart, gave their support for keeping Scotland within the Union.