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  1. Yes and No campaigns enter the final weekend of campaigning
  2. Row over businesses' intervention in the debate intensifies
  3. The latest poll, carried out by Survation, puts No on 54% and Yes on 46%
  4. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  5. Voters will be asked: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
  6. The result of the vote should be known in the early hours of 19 September

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber and Alex Kleiderman

All times stated are UK

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It's been another eventful day in the referendum campaign. The battle for the future of Scotland has stepped up a gear, and there are only four full days of campaigning left.

We are going to end our live coverage here. We will begin again at 08:00 BST on Sunday. In the meantime our

news story will continue to be updated with the latest developments.

From First Minister Alex Salmond's campaigning in Glasgow to the pro-Union Orange Order rally in Edinburgh, we've taken a look at the events of the day

in pictures.

Responding to the latest Survation opinion poll, First Minister Alex Salmond said: "What matters is what's happening in the streets and communities around Scotland".

The poll suggest support for "No" is at 54% and "Yes" is at 46%.

Mr Salmond said "we've got a positive message, we want to build a more prosperous economy and a fairer society, and there's no scare story that the No campaign can mobilise which competes with that positive vision".

Leading UK phone companies are seeking clarification about what a "Yes" vote could mean to their industry. In an open letter, the chief executives of BT Group, TalkTalk Group, Telefonica UK, Vodafone UK, EE and Three UK, say they are "fully committed" to their customers, employees and operations in Scotland whatever the result.

But they say questions remain over the regulation of telecoms in an independent Scotland and suggest a "relatively demanding topography and relatively low population density... could lead to increased industry costs".

Scotland Minister David Mundell, in a departure from referendum mania,

tweets he has found some time to go and see a Gretna FC match: Brief respite from #indyref campaigning. At Raydale to see @GFC2008web back in Scottish cup 2 -1 winners over Gala Fairydean

A recently launched think tank, the Scotland Institute, has published a

report warning that border controls could become "inevitable" under independence.

Although the Scottish government stresses in its White Paper the gulf between its preferred immigration policy and that of Westminster, the report argues the SNP has actually underestimated the number of immigrants it needs.

This, the Scotland Institute says, could lead to "hugely different" approaches to immigration north and south of the border which would make border controls "politically inevitable".

The Scotland Institute describes itself as a non-political independent body. The keynote speaker at its launch was Better Together leader Alistair Darling.

Do the Scots really want to stop running Britain, asks William Dalrymple

in the Telegraph.

In an impassioned plea, the writer, whose forebear signed the Act of Union in 1707, argues that staying in Britain makes his country richer.

The atmosphere across Scotland as campaigners on both sides in the debate take to the streets on the final weekend before the vote is described in our latest

news story.

Philip Cowley, professor of parliamentary government at Nottingham University,

tweets: The contrast between the evenly divided opinion polls and the massive asymmetry of campaign visibility in the #indyref is fascinating.

A former employee of Deutsche Bank Scotland - and independence supporter - has rejected remarks from the Bank's chief economist comparing a "Yes" vote to mistakes that led to the great depression of the 1930s.

Ian Blackford from the pro-independence group Business for Scotland described the warning as "bluff and bluster".

He said: "They're talking about really an economic tsunami that could affect Scotland if we vote for independence on the basis of the financial risks from the banks.

"But, you know, this has been superseded because the banks themselves have said that they will move their registered offices under certain circumstances to London, so they will have the protection of the lending of last resort from the Bank of England. That doesn't change."

First Minister Alex Salmond, pictured here on a housing estate in Glasgow, is travelling around Scotland on the final Saturday of campaigning before the vote.

Alex Salmond in Glasgow, 13 September 2014

BBC Scotland business editor Douglas Fraser

tweets: What's the #indyref outcome worth to you? After the vote, winners compensate losers. Clever idea via @CJFDillow

Yes campaigners in Perth
Roseanna Cunningham

Roseanna Cunningham, MSP for Perthshire Sth & Kinross-shire,

tweeted this picture of the scene in Perth High Street.

Kingston Hill winning the St Leger
Getty Images

If you were with us earlier, you may remember we mentioned a racehorse called "Scotland" running in the St Leger at Doncaster this afternoon.

Hopefully none of you backed him. He

finished last.

The race was

won by Kingston Hill (pictured above, left). Scotland, which is trained in England, was still some way down the course when the photographers were at work.

The Yes Scotland campaign has responded to today's Survation poll, saying "there is everything to play for".

A spokesperson said: "This poll records support for Yes at 46.5%, and an ICM poll conducted around the same time put 'Yes' at 49 per cent. There is everything to play for, and this will spur on everybody who wants and is working hard for a 'Yes' to redouble their efforts.

"As we say in response to all the polls, we are working flat out to ensure that we achieve a 'Yes' vote, because it's the biggest opportunity the people of Scotland will ever have to build a fairer society and more prosperous economy.

"Yes" supporters are also out in force today in Glasgow.

Independence campaigners in Glasgow, 13 September 2014

Two Labour stalwarts - former home secretary Lord Reid and Jim Murphy MP - attend a "No" rally in Glasgow.

Lord Reid and Jim Murphy in Glasgow, 13 September 2014
About 110 Orange lodge bands participated in the event
Getty Images

To recap: Orange Order members and bandsmen from Northern Ireland

have joined a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh.

Police said 15,000 participants, 110 Orange lodge bands and several thousand spectators were there.

The official 'No' campaign refused to publicly support the event.

Fraser, Edinburgh

I have been genuinely undecided, but I am beginning to drift towards no. I am sensing from my mates, people are beginning to doubt salmond and the yes campaign are running out of steam. Main reason I am heading towards no is economic. I am beginning to think jobs could be lost with a yes vote.

"It is the story every single day right up until voting day."

Listen to a

clip of a BBC Radio 5Live interview with the Nhilzyo family - a mother and son voting "No" pitted against a father and daughter voting "Yes".

The Stephen Nolan programme will be live on location this evening with an audience of voters in Glasgow from 22:00.

Yes and No campaigners in Glasgow
Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon

SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon

tweeted her approval of this Glasgow motorist's paint job.

Beaches, badges and buskers. Reuters has

this slideshow of scenes from the Yes and No campaigns over the past few days.

Independent columnist John Rentoul


Updated: Yes vote in #indyref polls this week:

Pbase 48%

YouGov 51%

TNS 49%

Survn 47%

YouGov 48%

ICM 49%

Survation 46.5%

Average 48.3%

The Daily Telegraph's Christopher Hope

tweets: The Yes campaign still going strong in Buchanan St. Biggest political banner I have ever seen. #indyref

Peter May

tweeted this picture from a Yes rally.

Yes rally in Scotland
Peter May

Ewan Findlay

The real Scottish people want their right to independence. We now have the political warlords Brown & Darling raging war against us true loyal Scots. Please stop this war and give us our country back.

Shirley Williams
Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dems

have posted this picture of Shirley Williams campaigning in Dunfermline.

Bill, Scottish Borders

In an article on the BBC website Vanessa Barford suggests that nearly 500k English-born voters are expected to vote 3 to 1 in favour of Scotland staying part of the UK. I keep reading complaints from people south of the Borders that they don't, but should, have a say. Given a close result, the English vote could easily decide the Scottish referendum.

More on the Survation poll: The figures exclude don't knows. The "headline voting intention" was No 49%, Yes 42%, Don't know 9%.

ITV News is reporting that Rupert Murdoch has landed in Scotland ahead of the independence referendum.

New Survation poll suggests support for "No" is at 54% and "Yes" is at 46%.


poll was carried out for the Better Together campaign. The pollsters contacted 1,044 people by phone and said the effective sample size was 927.

The result represents a slight boost for "No" and a slight dip for "Yes" compared with Survation's

poll two days ago.


tweets: New poll from Survation suggests 54% of Scottish voters say 'no' to independence and 46% say 'yes' #indyref

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

tweets: Labour's opposition to Scottish independence may permanently weaken Labour support in Scotland. Many pro-Indy Labour voters will desert

Mr Chope added the option of further devolution should have been put on the ballot paper for the referendum years ago.

Presenter Steve Richards put it to Mr Chope that the chance for the House of Commons to scrutinise any further powers had now been "lost".

"I don't accept that anything has been lost," he replied. "If there is a 'No' vote, then it will be the status quo. It will be because we can't change the constitution without the approval of the United Kingdom parliament and that seems to have been lost in this debate."

Labour's shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander

tweets: Great afternoon listening and talking to local people in Paisley High Street making the case for #LabourNo.

A Conservative MP has told the BBC it is possible that Conservative members of the House of Commons could prevent the new powers and timetable outlined by Labour ex-prime minister Gordon Brown on behalf of Better Together from getting through the UK Parliament.

Speaking on Radio 4's The Week in Westminster Christopher Chope, MP for Christchurch, said: "'Devo max' is not an issue for the Scots alone, it's an issue for the whole of the United Kingdom. So if there is a No vote, then if there's any discussion about a realignment of the powers and responsibilities within the United Kingdom constitution, that should be a matter for the House of Commons as a whole, and it should be a proper balance between the interests of those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and those in Scotland."

Ian Hazzard

I'm currently in the Far East promoting Scottish oilfield technology. There is no doubt that being part of the UK provides significant leverage in terms of accessing these foreign markets. Most importantly though coming home to Scotland makes me realise that in comparable terms we actually have it very good. Don't risk what we have for the sake of one mans' hubris. This is all about Salmond and his 'legacy'. How many experts need to say its wrong?

Ian Manson

I am willing to sustain a short term financial loss, although I am unconvinced that this will occur. Once independence has been achieved I am sure that our dynamic wee country can achieve great things under our own steam. And powered by a population that is friendly, tolerant, hard working and determined to be successful.

And former prime minister Tony Blair is also reported to have said he hopes Scotland will remain part of the UK. According to the Reuters news agency, he made the remarks at a security conference in Kiev.

Mr Blair, who was born in Edinburgh, said: "I hope Scotland votes to stay part of the United Kingdom. For all the reasons given by all the party leaders of the UK, in the 21st Century to rip up the alliance between our countries would not be sensible, politically, economically or even emotionally."