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Referendum round-up: Six days to go

It's six 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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Campaign with me, Ma'am

After the arrival of the three main UK leaders earlier this week, Nigel Farage is now entering the fray.

And he wants The Queen to start talking up the "No" side too.

This is despite a Buckingham Palace statement that said Her Majesty does not wish to influence the outcome of the referendum.

Although he understood her position, Mr Farage - who is holding a rally in Glasgow today - said: "There are times where if the United Kingdom, over which she is the monarch, is threatened itself, it might be right for her to say something."


The 'Yes' Express

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Yes Scotland has embarked on a tour of "seven cities in one day".

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling are all getting a visit from the First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Actor and director Peter Mullan joined Ms Sturgeon in Glasgow, and hit out at what he called "scaremongering" by pro-Union campaigners.

Unfortunately there was a two hour delay in reaching Inverness for Mr Salmond due to a road accident.


The price of independence

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A number of businesses have been speaking out on independence as retail bosses plan to publish a letter warning of price rises if there's a "Yes" vote.

Kingfisher Group (owner of B&Q) head Sir Ian Cheshire has previously spoken about his belief that prices will rise, and he has penned a letter which has been signed by business leaders including senior figures from John Lewis, Asda and Marks and Spencer.

On the other hand, the chairman of pub chain Weatherspoons, Tim Martin, told the BBC there was "no reason in theory why Scotland couldn't be a very successful independent country".

As far as other supermarkets are concerned, Tesco is saying they will "continue to offer the best prices whatever the outcome of the referendum" and Morrisons said "we are neutral on the issue of Scottish independence." Today's daily question focuses on the price of food in an independent Scotland. I should know - I wrote it.


Day of reckoning

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Jim Sillars has warned "scaremongering" business leaders they face a "day of reckoning" if Scotland votes "Yes".

The former Deputy Leader of the SNP also called for oil giant BP to be nationalised after independence.

Onboard his Margo Mobile, named in memory of his late wife, Margo MacDonald MSP, he said: "This referendum is about power, and when we get a 'Yes' majority we will use that power for a day of reckoning with BP and the banks."

Better Together's Labour MP Ian Davidson called this "a clear threat to anyone who points out the true costs of separation to the people of Scotland."


Leak inquiry

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The head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood has denied First Minister Alex Salmond's allegation of leaking market-sensitive information.

Mr Salmond called for an inquiry after accusing the Treasury of leaking info about the future of RBS in Scotland.

Sir Jeremy wrote to the First Minister telling him there had been no breach of the Ministerial Code.

Mr Salmond has since replied: "This story has a long way to run."

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