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Summary

  1. Leaders of the three UK parties in pledge to devolve more powers
  2. Nicola Sturgeon says the pledge offers "no guarantees"
  3. There are just two days of campaigning left until the vote
  4. Scotland's independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  5. Voters will be asked: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Live Reporting

By Graham Fraser and Giancarlo Rinaldi

All times stated are UK

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Poll momentum

The Herald leads on calls for a final push with the referendum vote looking too close to call.

The Herald
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Kenneth Macdonald

BBC Scotland Science Correspondent

tweets: Just filed an #indyref story for the morning on the role of technology authenticating record number of postal votes. Enjoy.

Close call

The Scotsman reports on its latest poll, which shows the Yes and No sides still only a few percentage points apart.

Scotsman
Scotsman

Daily Mail

The Daily Mail, in its front page, alleges intimidation of No voters by Scottish nationalists.

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

Bullying claims

The Daily Telegraph leads with a story alleging First Minister Alex Salmond bullied an academic from St Andrews University over the independence referendum.

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Campaign clashes

The Guardian features the story of the NHS leak, with comment from James Naughtie.

The Guardian
The Guardian

Rebellion warning

The Times carries a story about David Cameron facing some angry Conservative members at Westminster over his plans for Scotland.

The Times
The Times

'Keep the Heid'

The Daily Record's front page for tomorrow features current First Minister Alex Salmond and Donald Dewar, Scotland's inaugural First Minister.

Daily Record
Daily Record

Your choice

The Sun newspaper, in its front page tomorrow morning, says to Scots 'Your voice, your choice, your vote'.

Sun's front page sept 17
The Sun

'Hiding cuts'

Responding to Mr Neil's claims, Scottish Labour health spokesman Neil Findlay dismissed the Health Secretary's position as "absolute fantasy".

He said: "This is more like a crisis document. Alex has been hiding half a billion pounds in cuts - when was he going to tell us about this? I wouldn't trust him to open a box of elastoplast."

Your Emails

John Brown wrote: Undecided voters should watch and learn as Yes supporters display the 'fair and open' society they profess to want by verbally abusing and shouting down anyone whose views they do not want to hear. They have done it time and again in this campaign; from politicians to journalists to anyone else they disagree with. Don't let our country set foot on the slippery slope of nationalism.

Linda Hall emailed: Does anyone out there really believe that Cameron/Miliband/Clegg, even if they wanted to, are capable of delivering on this absurd pledge for more powers for Scotland post the 18th? Their backbenchers will never ever wear it and it will disappear into the Westminster long grass and life will just return to normal, which is what we get if we vote No.

Neil defends NHS record

Health Secretary Alex Neil has accused former Prime Minister Gordon Brown of "talking mince" about the future of the NHS in Scotland.

Speaking on Scotland 2014, he also claimed the documents shown to the BBC detailing a £400m funding gap at NHS Scotland had been available from health boards since the budget was passed in February.

He said: "This is not cost cutting, they are efficiency savings and the difference between north and south of the border is we reinvest the money in the health service."

Work to do

The Sunday Herald political editor Tom Gordon reckons that after the three polls tonight the Yes side "need to convert about 70,000 No voters to win (on 80% turnout)".

Barnett formula

Central to the Scottish independence referendum debate today

is the pledge signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to devolve more powers to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote, and a promise of sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula.

The Barnett formula is the method used to determine the distribution of public spending around the UK.

However, in an interview with BBC Radio 4's World Tonight programme, Lord Barnett, who set up the system in 1978 when he was chief secretary to the Treasury, said it was "grossly unfair" and repeated his call for it be scrapped.

'Wish them well'

Alex Salmond told David Dimbleby he believes the overwhelming view of people in England if Scotland gained independence would be to "wish them well" whether they agreed with the decision or not.

'Enlightened self-interest'

Alex Salmond told David Dimbleby in his TV interview he believes negotiations can be positive following a Yes vote.

"This is the land of Adam Smith and he developed the concept of enlightened self-interest," he said.

"Smith said that deals were done and struck and people acted economically because of their self-interest which could contribute to mutual self-interest.

"England is Scotland's largest trading partner and Scotland is England's second largest trading partner after the USA.

"Therefore it is in self interests of both Scotland and England and the rest of the UK to get on with each other."

Three new polls

Three new polls, by Opinium for the Daily Telegraph, ICM for the Scotsman, and Survation for the Daily Mail suggested the "No" vote held a slender lead going into the final day of campaigning. With undecided voters excluded, all three polls suggested a lead for No of 52% to 48%.

The full breakdown of the Opinium poll was 49% for No, 45% for Yes and 6% undecided, while the ICM survey was 45% No, 41% Yes and 14% undecided. The Survation poll had Yes 44%, No 48% and Undecided 8%.

Bill Clinton backs No vote

The former US President Bill Clinton has urged Scots to vote No in Thursday's independence referendum.

In a statement released by the Clinton Foundation, he reveals why he wants Scotland to remain part of the Union.

He said the proposal to keep the pound as its currency without the support that UK membership provides carries "substantial risks" and adds separation will "require a long complex negotiating process with considerable uncertainty and potential to weaken the Scottish economy".

Bill Clinton
AP

He also argues "the increased autonomy promised Scotland by the UK provides most of the benefits of independence and avoids the downside risks".

He concludes: "Unity with maximum self-determination sends a powerful message to a world torn by identity conflicts that it is possible to respect our differences while living and working together. This is the great challenge of our time. The Scots can show us how to meet it."

Scotland decides

Scotland Decides graphic
BBC

The latest news and analysis ahead of Scotland's vote on independence on 18th September - presented by Sarah Smith in Glasgow.

Watch it here.

'Overcome problems'

Alex Salmond tells David Dimbleby independence is not risk-free.

"Every country has problems, issues. Every country will make mistakes," he said.

"I think the difference with independence is it will give us the ability to overcome problems and to correct mistakes."

Young voters question politicians

Humza Yousaf MSP and Danny Alexander MP have been answering the questions of young voters on a variety of issues including the armed forces and unity post-referendum.

Radio 1 debate
BBC
Danny Alexander
BBC

'Last gasp proposals'

Alex Salmond on the plans for more powers to the Scottish Parliament: "Nothing like home rule, it's nothing like devo-max, it's not even devo-plus.

"It is actually an insult to the intelligence of the people of Scotland.

"To re-hash these proposals last gasp in the campaign and hope beyond hope that people'll think it's anything substantial. It is not."

'Working flat out'

First Minister Alex Salmond tells David Dimbleby: "It is too early for congratulations of any kind, this campaign has got two days to go.

"We are working flat out, we are still the underdogs in my estimation because Westminster has a huge amount of ability to fling kitchen sinks, half the living room and probably some of the bedroom at us."

Alex Salmond
BBC

'Tides of opinion'

Gordon Brown on whether this was a last stand against independence: "I don't think so. I think tides of opinion rise and fall. We have had to modernise the United Kingdom and in particular Scotland's role in it for the 21st century.

"The United Kingdom has an ability to evolve and adapt."

'Something irreplaceable'

Gordon Brown tells David Dimbleby: "If you go independent you throw away something that is irreplaceable."

gordon borwn
BBC

'Change is coming'

"It takes time for people to get the message that there is change coming, change is definitely coming," former PM Gordon Brown told David Dimbleby.

"It is a stronger Scottish Parliament that is part of the United Kingdom but we don't lose what we have got."

Clash over currency

On the Radio 1 debate, Humza Yousaf from the Yes camp says: "Common sense will dictate."

The SNP MSP adds: "It doesn't matter if we have a currency union, we can create jobs, protect the NHS, increase the minimum wage - that is the power I want for your generation."

But Danny Alexander from Better Together says: "For the rest of the UK, you've got to think a currency union would mean taking a risk on Scotland without having control over policies. The only way to keep the pound is the keep the UK together."

Read all the latest from the live Radio 1 debate.

'Important links'

Former PM Gordon Brown on the Scottish people: "They want change but, in the end, I don't think they want to break all the links.

"I am trying to persuade them that these links remain important to them."

Over on Radio 1

On the Radio 1 independence referendum debate, young voters and politicians are discussing the issue of currency.

You can watch it now.

'Successful partnership'

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking on The Dimbleby Interviews on BBC1, has outlined why he believes remaining in the union is the best way forward for Scotland.

"In every generation we've got to find a way of combining this strong sense of identity that exists in each nation with the desire, I believe the willingness, to share as part of a United Kingdom," he said.

"No set of countries in the world has managed to do what we have.

"It is the most successful multi-national partnership in history and that's why I want to keep it but I want to keep it because I know also it has got benefits for each of the nations."

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is being interviewed by David Dimbleby on Panorama.

Do you subscribe to the view Scotland can survive and prosper as an independent country?

gordon brown
BBC

Mr Brown said: "I would hope that under any circumstances, my country, Scotland, would do well. But it would not do as well under an independent Scotland."

And another poll

Opinium/Daily Telegraph poll of more than 1,000 Scots shows "No" ahead with 52% of the vote and 48% for "Yes" with one day to go.

With the undecideds included, the split was 45% Yes and 49% No and 6% Don't know.

New poll

ICM/Scotsman Indy ref poll indicates:

No 45%, Yes 41%, with 14% undecided (No leads 52 to 48 without undecideds)

Scotland 2014

Scotland 2014

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Scotland Decides

David Dimbleby questions two of the key protagonists of the referendum debate at 21:00.

First Minister Alex Salmond and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown join him on

Scotland Decides.

Radio 1 Debate

At 21:00, Radio 1 will host its Big Conversation on the Scottish independence referendum.

Hosts Edith Bowman and Chris Smith join young voters and Danny Alexander MP from the Better Together campaign and Humza Yousaf MSP from Yes Scotland.

Radio 1 Independence referendum
BBC

You can watch the debate live and follow it on our special live page.

Labour's Welsh pledge

Labour will address "under-funding" of the Welsh government if it wins next year's general election,

First Minister Carwyn Jones has assured AMs.

The three main UK party leaders have pledged to keep the current funding system for the devolved governments.

Carwyn Jones
BBC

In a letter in a newspaper they promised to keep the Barnett formula if there is a Scottish no vote this week.

But Mr Jones said Mr Miliband had "made it clear" he would deal with Wales' funding issue if he wins office.

Yes rally

About 1,500 pro-independence supporters bearing Saltire flags, badges and blue campaign T-shirts are taking part in a rally in the heart of Glasgow.

Rank-and-file Yes supporters have been using megaphones in George Square to declare "This is our time" and chant "yes, yes, yes, yes".

Yes in George Square
PA

Some of the crowd have been singing Flower of Scotland and songs by The Proclaimers.

It follows a pro-Union rally held in central London on Monday.