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Referendum round-up: Ten days to go

It's ten days to go until the referendum and, as the debate is ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Every day, we'll have a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites.

So, here's what's been going on today.

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Gordon's timetable

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Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has set out a timetable for further devolution in the event of a "No" vote.

He said plans should be set out by the end of October with legislation put before Westminster in January 2015.

A Downing Street spokesman told the BBC: "We welcome this Labour initiative and we are content with the proposed timetable."

Mr Brown's announcement comes a day after George Osborne told the BBC a "plan of action" would be set out in the next few days to give "more powers to Scotland".


Don't panic, Darling

Better Together chairman Alistair Darling denies his campaign is panicking after Chancellor George Osborne's promise of a timetable for further devolution in the event of a "No" vote.

First Minister Alex Salmond called the proposal a "panicky" attempt to "bribe" Scots as opinion polls tighten, with one suggesting "Yes" is ahead.

When speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Darling acknowledged that the referendum race was "clearly very tight" but said there was no panic.


Aye Spy

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A quarter of Scots believe the security agency MI5 is working with the UK Government to ensure there will not be a "Yes" vote in the referendum.

News website Buzzfeed commissioned a YouGov poll which also suggested 19% of those polled believe the referendum result will probably be rigged.

And 42% think there could be a cover-up surrounding new oil reserves found in the North Sea.

1,084 Scots took part in the poll on 3 September.


Cumming to Scotland

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You may know him best from Hollywood blockbuster films like The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Spy Kids and X-Men 2, but Alan Cumming's latest role has taken him to the referendum campaign trail.

Starring alongside Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the pro-independence actor has been in Glasgow to campaign for a "Yes" vote.

Our reporter James Cook caught up with the Aberfeldy actor to ask him: "What's it got to do with you?"

His response: "What's it got to do with David Cameron?"


The penny drops

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Everyone's favourite referendum subject, the pound, has fallen to its lowest level in 10 months.

The currency fell 1% against the dollar in early trading to $1.6159, and also fell almost 1% against the euro to 1.2480 euros.

Shares have also dropped in a number of Scottish-based firms.

Standard Life fell 3%, Royal Bank of Scotland 2.4%, and Lloyds Banking Group 2.7%.


Royal Baby II

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Good news - another royal baby is expected as the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her and Prince William's second child.

First Minister Alex Salmond tweeted: "Congratulations & best wishes to the Earl & Countess of Strathearn. Wonderful to hear they're expecting their second baby - very happy news!"

Interestingly, journalist Iain Martin posed the question: "Will royal baby make a difference in the referendum?". Which he went on to answer: "Many thousands of words will be wasted on this. But no, it won't make any difference."

That's that then.

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