Hello and welcome to our live text and video coverage of the signing of the deal on the Scottish independence referendum. Prime Minister David Cameron will be in Edinburgh shortly to meet First Minister Alex Salmond. They are expected to formally agree the process by which the historic vote will be held in the autumn of 2014.
Information Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland
"The referendum deal between Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond has two elements.
- "There will be a statutory order to be legislated at Westminster - that will grant Holyrood the power to hold a referendum provided it is a single question on independence and it is held by the end of 2014. The order will also cover issues such as campaign broadcasts and mail shots.
- "There will also be a six page Memorandum of Agreement to be signed by the leaders. This will confirm that the details of the referendum will be settled at Holyrood but explain what the two governments intend to happen. It will feature a significant role for the Electoral Commission in advising on the wording of the question and the running of the referendum."
The front pages of Scotland's broadsheet newspapers have all focused on the historic meeting. The Scotsman claims the agreement includes a sunset clause which dictates that the vote will happen before the end of 2014, and The Herald says a mechanism has been found that would give 16-year-olds the right to vote in the referendum.
Background Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland
The Liberal Democrats have praised the role played by their Scottish Secretary Michael Moore in brokering the independence referendum deal. Mr Moore concluded the deal in a series of meetings with Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister. Willie Rennie, the Scottish Lib Dem leader, said Mr Moore had acted throughout in a "calm, patient and professional" manner.
emails: Voting will be easy when we get some facts on the table. Alex Salmon needs to open up about his plans and allow the people of Scotland to make an informed choice. We need to be clear about Europe the Monarchy and Sterling. I so want to be able to say yes like most but we need clear answers.
Malcolm Gall, Abroath
emails: Independence has to happen for the future of this country. There are 5.5 million people in Scotland and if we can manage our own resources we can kick on as a nation.
Donald Young, Stonehaven
emails: I'm a fiercely proud Scot and spent my years growing up dreaming of a free Scotland. However now allegedly being a mature 40, the thought of independence seems like a bit of a suicide pact. I don't believe it's fiscally possible to separate, I don't believe we have the infrastructure to go it alone.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who helped negotiate the deal, told BBC Scotland the agreement "guarantees a referendum made in Scotland". She said earlier this year the prime minister had wanted to dictate the timing of the vote, the question and the franchise. She said none of these things will now happen. "I think it's good we've got an agreed process that will lead to an outcome that can be respected by all sides," she said.