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Referendum round-up: One week to go

It's one week 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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On the cusp

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First Minister Alex Salmond has been speaking at a press conference for the international media in Edinburgh.

Mr Salmond announced that Scotland is on the "cusp of making history" by voting for independence.

He said: "The eyes of the world are upon Scotland. And what the world is seeing is an articulate, peaceful, energised debate."


RBS moving house?

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The Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed its registered headquarters will relocate to London in the event of a "Yes" vote.

In a letter to staff, the bank's chief executive Ross McEwan said there was no intention to move operations or jobs.

First Minister Alex Salmond has since accused the Treasury of leaking sensitive market data about RBS.

A Treasury source dismissed Mr Salmond's claim as "absurd" and called it a "desperate distraction tactic".


Terrific turnout

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The referendum has produced the largest electorate Scotland's ever seen, with a total of 4,285,323 people registered to vote.

With 2012 figures from the Scottish government showing there's an estimated 4,410,288 people over 16 resident in Scotland, it suggests that 97% of the total number of people eligible to vote have registered.

Chief counting officer for the referendum, Mary Pitcaithly, who announced the figure, has urged voters to plan ahead and avoid peak times in an attempt to minimise queues.

You can vote at polling places between 7am and 10pm on 18 September.


The Scotsman says 'Naw'

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Edinburgh-based newspaper The Scotsman has joined the London-based Financial Times in declaring its support for a "No" vote.

Today's front page explains why it is publicly backing the "No" campaign.

It points to arguments on currency, EU membership and defence.

The Sunday Herald became the first major newspaper to voice their support for a "Yes" vote in May.


Exclusive: Big, Big Debate is really big

A number of referendum debates have taken place over the past year or so, but none as big as this one.

Tonight's SSE Hydro debate involving Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie for the "Yes" side, and George Galloway and Ruth Davidson for the "No" side, will take place in front of over 8,000 Scottish teenagers.

IT'S THE BIGGEST DEBATE THE COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN.

No pressure then, with just one week to go before Scotland votes. Tune in at 21:00 on BBC One Scotland and 22:40 on BBC One (UK).

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