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  1. Alex Salmond says that Westminster leaders are "reneging" on their pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland
  2. Scotland's first minister said he believed voters had been tricked into opposing independence by the late vow
  3. Downing Street insisted the timetable would be followed
  4. Scotland rejected independence in last Thursday's historic referendum by 55% to 45%

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By Graham Fraser, Steven Brocklehurst, Bernadette McCague and Martin Currie

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Sandy Murray

BBC Scotland news

And that brings our live coverage to an end for today. It all begins again at 08:00 on Monday morning.

Church bells ring to reunite Scotland

On a sunny morning in Edinburgh, the bells of St Giles' Cathedral rang with optimism.

A service of reconciliation was held not just for Scotland's capital city, but the whole nation.

Read Vanessa Barford's reflections from the church service in Edinburgh this morning following the independence referendum result.

Newspaper coverage

Deputy Editor, The Scotsman & Scotland on Sunday Kenny Farquharson

@KennyFarq: All the Scottish Sunday papers excellent today. Insight, intelligence, emotion, analysis and great photography/design. Well done us.

George Square scenes

George Square is a completely different sight now compared to the trouble that occurred there

on Friday, as people continue to donate bags to food banks, as they have been doing all afternoon.

Food bank donations
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Send us your comments:


Steven Ferry: If we look at the question of Scottish independence in isolation from the rest of the UK we are in danger of forgetting that it is only a small part of the economy and the people. My time in business has shown me that you focus on the most important things first and I feel that this is now ensuring that all the people of the UK have the same level of democratic representation. Unless this is achieved there will always a section of the people who feel slighted or under represented.

We need a full review of the way that we are represented and who has what powers. You cannot have one group having an extra assembly with extra powers without these being spread to the whole country.

Alan Brophy: Alex Salmond is 100% correct. Like him or not he is 100% correct. The Westminster politicians promised immediate and sweeping additional powers. Gordon Brown barnstormed about powers and programme. Today David Cameron is struggling to provide anything concrete for the people who voted 'No' and is now swinging towards English powers instead.

Gordon Brown has been backstabbed by Ed Milliband, and he is having to remind his own party that the world is watching! 'Such a parcel of rogues in a nation.'

Dianne S Miller: Wish the politicians on ALL sides would stop the bickering and get on with the job in-hand. My greatest disappointment during this referendum process has been the TOTAL LACK of forensic examination of the claims and counter claims on both sides of the argument - particularly in the media who have wheeled out 'economic' and 'political' experts that merely backed one side or the other.

Powers promise

Watch again: Scotland's

Finance Secretary John Swinney told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland's Gordon Brewer that the promise of more powers had persuaded some Yes voters to stay with the Union.

John Swinney

Referendum service

Church of Scotland: The Moderator's sermon from the referendum service at St Giles is now available as a link at the bottom of this...

Your Texts

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Ed said: All three party leaders promised something in the event of a No vote. The SNP and Alex Salmond promised a referendum and kept their promise. Westminster must keep their promise or the result is null and void.

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Mark said: Sad to see Alex Salmond reneging on his promise to respect the result.

John from Airdrie wrote: What do the Yes campaign not understand? Over 2 million of us are proudly Scottish AND British. The vote had nothing to do with promises or lack of ambition. We were born that way and will die that way. Following Jim Sillars' and Alex Salmond's comments earlier today I have one word for them. NEVER!!!

Referendum aftermath

Former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson, who co-presented the BBC Radio Scotland referendum programme Crossfire, has implored those who voted for independence

not to waste their referendum passion.

Mr Wilson writes in the Scotland on Sunday: "As this weekend ends, so must our mourning of last week's result. We have had our vote. We now have to find a way to unify the energy in it to reach for the highest common den­ominator that will lift our country's sights to the next summit on our horizon."

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Beth Cameron: Can I just say what a lovely comment from Brian Wilson, which speaks of unity and hope for us all.

Margaret Corrigan: Whatever you voted and whatever the reasons surely the overriding issue at the moment is the credibility of the three main Westminster parties? Is it any wonder that people generally are totally disillusioned with politicians? A definitive vow was made to the Scottish people (leave aside the diverse motives and premises behind this pledge - and indeed the feasibility of fulfilling it) and that vow must be honoured. It's as simple as that.

Mark, Fife: Alex Salmond going without good grace, Jim Sillars still mouthing off like Father Jack... Fair enough Jim, you get the SNP conference to agree to declaring a republic and let's see who wants to be leader of that party and what happens at the ballot box in the next Scottish election.

Can we please accept we are now in a post vote phase? A little enlightened debate and discussion please?

Salmond stays

Watch again: The

first minister of Scotland said he was not going away and planned to "be part of the political process in Scotland if people in Aberdeenshire wish to keep electing me".

Alex Salmond was speaking to Andrew Neil.

Marr does Brown

Andrew Marr amused Labour leader Ed Miliband when he impersonated Gordon Brown this morning.

Andrew Marr

His impression came as he asked Mr Miliband if Mr Brown might return to frontline politics, after his successful role in the Better Together campaign.

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Another referendum?

Channel 4 News presenter

Krishnan Guru-Murthy tweets: On #c4news Alex Salmond now says referendum was a once in a POLITICAL generation opportunity - talking up other routes to independence. But Salmond ducks whether SNP winning Scotland in 2015 would be new mandate to negotiate with Westminister - that's one for new leader

Journalist injured by Ed Balls

It's Labour party conference time, which also means it's time for the 'Labour vs. lobby journalists' charity football match.

And if you thought Labour had been through a difficult battle against Scottish independence, spare a thought for Northern Echo reporter Rob Merrick, who was up against Ed Balls and his flailing elbows.

Rob Merrick
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Mr Merrick tweeted about the incident: Starting #Lab14 at Manchester Royal Infirmary....but worth it! @LobbyXI 3-1 victory. Injury a complete accident

Carlaw criticises Salmond

Jackson Carlaw, deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has hit out at

Alex Salmond's comments to the BBC on the result of the independence referendum.

Mr Carlaw said: "The first minister's grace in defeat barely lasted a day. He claimed on Friday that he accepted the outcome of what was the largest democratic vote in Scottish political history, yet going by today's ‎extraordinary outburst there is anything but acceptance in the Salmond household.

Jackson Carlaw

"Instead there is petulance, bravado and a crass finger cocked at the majority of Scots.

"Scotland spoke very clearly and quite decisively, the majority made clear that the "sovereign will" of the people of Scotland is to remain in a UK in which further responsibilities are devolved to Holyrood. Mr Salmond misunderstood the will of the majority during the campaign and now he seeks to misrepresent it in defeat.‎"

'Created divisions'

Scottish Labour is also critical of Mr Salmond's comments.

James Kelly, the MSP for Rutherglen, said: "Alex Salmond has created divisions in Scotland where there was none. Now when the nation should be healing, the retired Salmond seeks to divide Scotland further. He should be true to his word and accept the result. Let Scotland move on without him rather than allow him to ferment division.

"Rather than speculate on how individuals voted he should accept Scotland's settled will. Instead of talking about tricks he must accept that Scotland refused to be tricked into separation. Scotland has spoken. Scotland will move on. The silent majority has spoken and it befits Salmond now to fall silent if he has any regard for his country at all."

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Robert Reid, Glasgow: That Scotland are in the unique position of voting against independence and being the first country to do so says something important about we Scots. My feeling is that a large proportion of voters were either ill-informed, confused or both and fear of the unknown prevailed.

Yes, the issues were complex. However, no attempt was made to present any integrated economic argument by the independence campaigners. Scotland is not a country where most folk could feel that they were well off and the possibility of significantly (worse) austerity put off a large proportion of voters.

Politicians need to find a way of improving their engagement with the public and properly representing their need. I feel that the referendum has highlighted clearly the great need for this. Rather than having reactive knee jerk politics, please let us have a time of reflection, investigation and analysis before parties make profound changes. It is a time for clear thinking and consultation... the UK people deserve that much.

Alan Skinner, Shetland: Having watched the "Politics" programme, it is very obvious that Messrs Salmond and Swinney are set on a course of immediate historical revisionism.

I am not remotely political, and actually think the SNP are doing a decent job of running Scotland. However, the reasons that I voted "No" had nothing whatsoever to do with promises from the three main parties.

Incidentally, I was reminded that we do have some very impressive and credible Scottish politicians, but, unfortunately, they are plying their trade at Westminster. It would really bring credibility and gravitas to Holyrood, if we could persuade Messrs Brown, Darling and Alexander to forsake Westminster and bring their considerable skills and experience to the benefit of Scotland.

Devolution in Wales call

Labour politicians from Wales will urge party leaders to back a fair deal over funding and powers in any discussions on further devolution within the UK.

Scotland's vote to reject independence is dominating the Labour conference beginning in Manchester today.

Party leader Ed Miliband has proposed a constitutional convention to discuss the future pattern of powers in the UK.

Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for a "fair share" of Treasury funding and more power in matters like energy.

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Jim Gray: The Scottish people voted No - not only because of the so-called promises of the main Westminster parties, and not because, as one of your correspondents has expressed as being unambitious, but because it was the right thing to do. I exercised my right in Thursday's historic referendum, based on what I thought, not because it was the preference of an MP or MSP. Like so many others, I do not trust Westminster, but trust them slightly more than their Edinburgh counterparts. Now is the time for all our Parliamentarians to stand up and be counted - forget the playground squabbling - and be paid for the job you are supposed to be doing - running our proud country in a manner befitting the millions who voted on Thursday.

David Kerr: Interesting to note that Mr Salmond was the only Scottish parliamentary leader not to attend the service in St Giles, leaving it to John Swinney to represent the SNP. He seems to be more interested in continuing to foment division and grievance than national reconciliation.

Robin Holland: I have a nagging worry that the UK is going to be 'bounced' into a rushed, unsatisfactory and, potentially, divisive settlement following the referendum in Scotland. The struggle should not be a 'nationalist' struggle. It should be all of us, together, fighting to maintain and improve the lot of all the people in the UK.

Brian Wilson: After the initial disappointment of the No vote, I have had to accept that I am both Scottish and British. I had never in my whole life said "I am British" until 5:30am on Friday when I went to bed and my wife asked 'well?'. I ,like so many of my countrymen have a contrast between the romantic, passionate, honour driven Scottish ideals and the pragmatic politics and reserve of our British nature. I am now coming to terms with this contrast and becoming happy with it. The wonderful thing about this process has been the education of a nation like I have never witnessed or known. We now need to make sure that the momentum gathered helps to change our political system within the UK for the better to represent all areas of Scotland, England, Wales and N. Ireland.

Alastair: The SNP just lost a referendum that might never have been afforded them. Their enthusiasm for their conceited and divisively motivated and argued cause has not been in doubt since their rise over recent decades. There has never been a realistic economic analysis that even approaches their assertion that an independent Scotland would maintain or benefit its residents. The opposite is far far more probable. The UK government should take a reasonable space to consider constitutional reform based on reasoned probabilities of outcomes for the entire union. The old allegiances need to be confronted as they have never been before.

Behind the scenes

Take a peek

behind the scenes of the BBC's coverage of the referendum results programme.

BBC gallery

In a Sunday Politics film, reporter Adam Fleming spoke to MPs Jim Murphy and Danny Alexander, Yes campaigner Tommy Sheridan and BBC political editor Nick Robinson about how the story unfolded through the night.

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Labour leader

Ed Miliband earlier told the BBC's Andrew Marr his party guaranteed further powers for the Scottish parliament - "no ifs, no buts, we're going to deliver on that promise."

Key video

You can watch this and other clips of today's developments by clicking the "Key Video" tab at the top of this page.

A question of Britishness

The UK will never be the same again.

The Union has held together - just, but almost half of the Scottish electorate have said they no longer wish to belong to the UK, on a record turnout of 84.6%.

Union and Scottish flag
Rex Features

That has long-term consequences for the way the country functions and - just as important - how its people see themselves.

Read the reflections of Richard Weight on what now for Britishness.

Braveheart II?

David Jack, late night editor of The Times, shared the work of the Daily Telegraph's pocket cartoonist Matt Pritchett on Twitter.

He tweeted: Matt's great on Braveheart II

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Back to the budget

Douglas Fraser

Business and economy editor, Scotland

So it's back to austerity. The battling over future projections for an independent Scotland's budget can be binned.

It's time to focus on the budgets which Holyrood will have, rather than the ones it might have had.


And that day of reckoning, to coin a phrase, is coming soon.

John Swinney, the finance secretary, has been busy campaigning of late. But back at St Andrew's House, at the top of his "to do" list are the final stages of putting together a draft budget for next financial year.

Read Douglas Fraser's full blog

Sillars' independence plan

Former Labour and SNP politician Jim Sillars has called for Scottish independence to happen without the need for another referendum.

In a series of tweets,

Mr Sillars said: Let Yes assert new indy rule - no more ref - majority votes and seats at Holyrood 2016 enough. What's this about waiting a generation - indy remains on agenda now. Queenie intervened for No as she did in 1979. So no more softly-softly - we go for Republic. I'll explain to all new #SNP recruits why the Independence Mandate matters at the next Party conference.

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Jo: Better together must mean working together. The politicians are powerless. Scotland, you are the leaders now. You have shown the world how democracy works. Confront the problems that face this disunited kingdom. Could there be a formula for equality and inclusion?

Ruth Mckinstry: Can I say to Alec Salmond and all the sore losers I voted no because I believe in UK unity. I was not tricked. I did not switch my vote after a promise of more powers. I am a native of Edinburgh and have lived in Edinburgh for most of my adult life and I have never been, nor do I intend to be a Tory voter. I believe that the referendum has shown beyond all doubt that there is a disaffected, deprived section of the Scottish community who want and need change. I believe there are such people in English cities such as Newcastle and Liverpool and probably many others. Scotland already has a reasonable deal from Westminster and for me Westminster's first priority should be to address inequalities throughout the UK.

Barnett Formula

Former chief secretary to the Treasury Joel Barnett - who devised the Barnett Formula - has told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend programme it should no longer be used.

Lord Barnett said: "It was never a formula until Margaret Thatcher and John Major kept it going for 18 years - that's when it was called a formula. Before that, it was just a method of allocating expenditure.

"The thinking behind it was simply to get me through a year or two to get me through difficult times.

"All three leaders are saying it should stay, but all three leaders don't have the authority to do that. Parliament should decide. And if they want to give the Scots more money, let them do so openly. It should be based on need. You can't continue with a formula that's clearly wrong."

Food bank donations

After disorder in George Square on Friday night, Glaswegians have since used the area to show their compassionate side.


RestoreGeorgeSq account posted this message and picture this afternoon:

"Massive foodbank collection in George Square. Donations still arriving."

food bank in George Square

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Bert, Fife: Harriet Harman has just said on Sky News that Labour Leader Ed Miliband needed the Scottish Labour MPs to convince Scottish voters to vote No. Miliband was obviously incapable of doing it himself so is he a leader for the England Labour Party only?

Robin Gwynne: A second tier government for England is the only way to level the playing field between Scotland, Wales and England. Until that happens, England and UK will be synonymous and therefore the perception will be that England stands above the other two. This is the model in Canada but the downside is the huge cost of yet more politicians. Sort that out and you have a winning formula in my opinion. Just the thoughts of one Canadian/British citizen.

Stuart Ramsay: Lord Smith will first of all consult the political parties. The Yes and No campaigns both got thousands of people involved with no party membership. Party membership has fallen through the floor. Consult with people and tell the politicos what they are required to do.

Iannucci on Scottish politics

Armando Iannucci, Scottish creator of the political comedy programme The Thick of It,

writes in The Observer that there is a "new way of doing politics" thanks to the independence referendum - and that's not going to change.

Mr Iannucci writes: "The challenge, then, is to turn that Scottish no vote into something positive and enduring. For the other feeling I get as the debate dies down is that Scotland wanted this whole argument to mean something, irrespective of the result.

"A nation conversing with itself and about itself can be just as extraordinary as the decision it eventually makes. What Scotland has now bequeathed the UK is a fascinating demonstration of total political engagement in action."

Post-referendum relaxation

Question: What are the politicians doing to unwind now that the referendum's over? Answer: Beach volleyball.

Well, for Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale, anyway.

Kezia Dugdale's tweet

Ms Dudgale tweeted: Sunshine, sand and international volleyball? - Not South Beach but Porty beach right now folks #amazing

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Peter, Stonehaven: Much as I appreciate Alex Salmond as an efficient leader, I think he is mistaken when he lays the blame for the NO vote at the decision of the three main parties for their "Vow" to pass on more powers. In my opinion the reason is much more prosaic than that, the reason was more likely to be financial. People were concerned at to what would happen to their savings etc. were there to be a YES vote. With no decision on what currency might have been used, plus the scare stories put about re banks moving south, people were scared of the uncertainty.

People, in the main, are not stupid, and would have taken the claims of "more powers" with a pinch of salt.

A. Liddiard: The media keep repeating that 45%, or nearly half, of the Scottish electorate supported independence. In reality, of the 4.8 million who registered to vote, only 1.6 million turned out to vote Yes. Surely this means that only one third of the electorate wholeheartedly embraced the idea?

Nick, Paisley: I would like to see Mr Salmond and the rest of the SNP be more constructive in their comments now. Scotland spoke and the majority said No. Discussion and debate is now needed to determine what powers are going to be devolved and how this will be managed to ensure it is done properly and in the interest of the people. Holyrood needs to work with Westminster to ensure that we get the powers that have been promised and that these powers benefit not only Scotland but the rest of the United Kingdom as a whole.

SNP membership up again

Earlier we brought the news that over 8,000 people had joined the Scottish National Party since the referendum vote. That figure has now increased by a further thousand.

SNP Chief Executive

Peter Murrell tweets: At Thursday 5pm @theSNP membership was 25,642. Sun midday, great to welcome 9,063 newbies.

Rennie's advice to Salmond

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on Alex Salmond to "calm down" after the First minister claimed "No" voters were "tricked" into voting that way.

Mr Salmond claimed party leaders were showing signs of reneging on a last-minute further devolution vow.

Mr Rennie said: "On Friday the First Minister said he would work constructively with other parties. By the time he recorded his interview on Saturday he had changed his mind. Within hours of a result he said he accepted he showed that he just can't help himself.

"The First Minister still has a real role to play in the process on more powers that is already underway, as promised. I hope that he will take some time for reflection and embrace the positive agenda for change rather than scrabbling round for a new grievance to nurse."

Together forever?

Yes campaigner George Kerevan told Sunday Politics Scotland: "When we woke up to the reality, we won.

"We are getting - according to Gordon Brown - home rule that we have argued for for 100 years. Home rule means we can do all the things we want to do in terms of social justice. It looks also like England will get home rule.

"If we get, ten years down the line, Scotland going towards social democracy and social justice, and England goes much more towards the politics of Nigel Farage, then tell me we are going to be together in ten years? I don't think so."

Have your say


Lawrence Armour: There was no technical need for Alex Salmond to stand down. It wasn't through political embarrassment of the result of any major gaff. This is what the man does because he knows that he should be like a marathon runner and stand behind the front to be ready for the next time. Nothing Westminster has "pledged" is assured. Even before the voting results came in, we were getting probable reasons why the government probably won't be able to deliver to the timetable they set. The time for Alex Salmond to retake the reins may not be so far off. Nicola would be an excellent First Minister and is very capable of leading Scotland forward. She is not in competition with Alex Salmond and between them, if the situation arises, we will see them team up once more.

Paul Riddle: With all the additional powers promised to Scotland, the West Lothian issue is bound to be ten times more important. Also the discussions on major constitutional change for Scotland cannot be separated from the changes being demanded by England Wales and NI. Democracy must evolve over time.

David: If the party leaders at Westminster do renege on their promises then Scottish voters should act to make them do so. At the next General Election the Lib Dems will be virtually wiped out, UKIP won't really play any role and so we will have the prospect of both Labour and the Conservatives holding the majority of seats, certainly in England and Wales

If Scotland sent 50 SNP members to Westminster then they would almost certainly hold the balance of power and be in a very strong position to demand major policy changes for Scotland. Acting as a body they could change the face of regional politics throughout the UK.

SNP poll boost

A poll for The Mail on Sunday indicates the Scottish National Party is leading when it comes to the 2016 Scottish parliamentary election. Of the 871 adults who took part, 49% back the SNP, 33% go with Labour and the Conservatives are at 13%.

Mail on Sunday
Mail on Sunday

Four candles

At the conclusion of a service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, SNP, Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat representatives lit candles together.

Party leaders

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This morning the leader of the Better Together campaign

Alistair Darling called the promise of more powers to Scotland "non-negotiable" which "must be delivered".

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