Scottish independence: One million Scots urged to sign 'yes' declaration


Supporters launch the 'Yes' campaign for Scottish independence

The "yes" campaign for independence wants one million Scots to sign a declaration of support by the time of the referendum in the autumn of 2014.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said independence would happen if that milestone was achieved.

The pledge was made at the launch of the Yes Scotland campaign in Edinburgh.

However, pro-union supporters believe independence remains largely unpopular among the Scottish electorate and will not happen.

The Scottish National Party played a leading role in the campaign, which was launched at Cineworld in Edinburgh and included other parties, celebrities and businesses.

What does the Yes Declaration say?

"I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all if decisions about Scotland's future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.

"Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

"There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity. We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations. We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.

"I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world - a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation."

A pro-union campaign is expected to launch later this year.

Mr Salmond said: "We unite behind a declaration of self-evident truth.

"The people who live in Scotland are best placed to make the decisions that affect Scotland.

"We want a Scotland that's greener, that's fairer and more prosperous.

"We realise that the power of an independent Scotland is necessary to achieve these great ends."

Some of the people who pledged their public support for the campaign did so for the first time.

Actor Alan Cumming, who has been based largely in the US, tweeted after the launch that he would "becoming a resident of Scotland again in order to vote in 2014".

Other "yes" backers included:

  • actor Sir Sean Connery
  • former BBC Scotland head of news Blair Jenkins
  • poet Liz Lochead
  • musician Pat Kane
  • actor Brian Cox.

Mr Salmond told the gathered media: "I want Scotland to be independent not because I think we are better than any other country, but because I know we're as good as any other country.

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"Like these other nations, our future, our resources, our success should be in our own hands."

The campaign will be built "brick by brick" across communities, he said.

Mr Salmond said that the case would be taken to the people by community activism and "online wizardry".

He added: "By the time we enter the referendum campaign in autumn 2014, our intention is to have one million Scots who have signed the independence for Scotland declaration.

"Friends, if we achieve that, then we shall win an independent Scotland."

Mr Salmond was supported at the launch, which was hosted by Greenock actor Martin Compston, by Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie.

He told the 500-strong gathering: "Greens are not nationalists. In fact, we are probably more comfortable than most parties in acknowledging the range of views that exist in our membership and our voters about the question of independence.

"But I believe, as most of us do, that the range of powers currently still held at Westminster simply make no sense from a Green perspective.

What's known at the moment

SNP position Unionist position

Wants the referendum in the autumn of 2014

Wants the referendum "sooner rather than later"

Backs a "yes/no" ballot but is open minded on including a second "devo max" question

Wants a one question "yes/no" ballot

Wants 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to vote in the referendum

Backs the status quo with 18 and over able to vote

Has agreed to the Electoral Commission overseeing the vote

Wanted the Electoral Commission to oversee the vote

"I certainly look forward to helping develop a clear and compelling case for Scotland to take a bold and radical step and vote Yes to independence in 2014."

SNP ministers, who want to hold a referendum in autumn 2014, have been holding talks with the UK government over the arrangements.

Yes Scotland, which has also won the support of the Scottish Socialist Party, is being billed as the biggest community based campaign in Scotland's history, designed to build a groundswell of support for an independent Scotland.

Meanwhile, former chancellor Alistair Darling, a Scottish Labour MP, pointed to a poll he had commissioned which suggested that 33% of those surveyed agreed that Scotland should become independent with 57% opposed and 10% undecided. The poll by YouGov took the views of 1,000 voters.

After the Yes Scotland launch, Mr Darling told the BBC: "The real problem that the nationalists have got is that their momentum has stalled and we can see from the poll that only one person in three has actually bought their message.

"I believe that people will come to see that we are better and stronger with the UK."

"I think that there are an awful lot of risks in simply walking away from the UK."

Mr Darling has been involved in meetings with Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to take forward the plans for a pro-union campaign which is expected to launch later this year.


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  • rate this

    Comment number 259.

    "Westminster government, which has never had Scotland's interests as any kind of priority"
    Many parts of Britain have been treated the same

    A lot of people have a lot of research to do about the history of Britain if they are ever going to make an informed decision on this matter

    We'll start with a simple one the James VI of 'scotland' inherited the 'english' throne

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    Comment number 258.

    Two years of this is going to drive me and many others bonkers.

    This should be an editors pick
    I'm voting yes btw

    We'll all be fine after Independence, the biggest benefits of Independence will be for Scotland and the North of England which will benefit from cross border trade

    The Independence Referendum is really a vote about the forced redistribution of wealth from the South East

  • rate this

    Comment number 257.

    As a Scottish person currently living in England because Scotland couldn't fulfil my employment needs, whether I agree or disagree is irrelevant.

    I'd just like a vote on the future of my country.

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    Comment number 256.

    The Scots are frustrated as they have been screwed in the past. The English are annoyed as they have no voice whereas the Scots are over represented (Hollyrood and Westminster). Both are correct. Give the English their own parliment and apologise to the Scots for screwing them in the past.
    (It is also a myth that residents North of the border are subsidised by residents in the South.)

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    Comment number 255.

    Scotland contributes more than its fair share??

    I am sure you cant wait for the burden on the Scottish Health Service and Education that will have to be subsidised through taxation.

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    Comment number 254.

    from the snp government website.............. GERS ............. expenditure £64 billion - income only £45 billion including oil of only 6.4 billion and dropping fast since 1998 ............ How will independence change this?.........

  • rate this

    Comment number 253.

    Goodbye UK. England you are just another failing little country now with old population, dwindling birth rate, unprecedendet immigration, pseudo democracy LibLabCon con run by rich oligarchs, unemployable schooleavers, drug addiction, youth crime, flee to the country, overbuilding, head in the sand, no future, flee abroad to where? former giant owning now spineless get out quick UK.

  • rate this

    Comment number 252.

    Like the sunshine brings out the flowers the independence issue brings out the "Well go on then get, lost ye Scotch gits" remarks from the narrow minded amongst our southern neighbours. Is it any wonder that independence is seen as a viable option when comments one would associate with spoiled children whose erstwhile friend has decided to go home for tea are spouted with such vitriol?

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    Comment number 251.

    139. davser

    Bank of Scotland is now owned by Lloyds Bank. RBS and Clydesdale Bank are Scottish Companies, whose registered offices are in Scotland and I think subject to Scottish Law.

    All three Banks are allowed to issue Scottish Bank Notes.

    These three banks together with Lloyds TSB Scotland form The Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers.

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    Comment number 250.

    Usual sentiments from the minority of scots who frequent this site. They should be under no illusion the vast majority of english are wholly indifferent to what scotland do. We can happily live without being blamed for all the Scottish woes aswell as providing public subsidy for the socttish politicians on the gravy train down in westminster..

  • rate this

    Comment number 249.

    How long is this going to take??!

    Draw up some bits of paper with YES and NO written on them and get people on a day sooner, rather than later, to make their choice. Before millions are spent trying to influence the minds of the people this concerns. Then count up the bits of paper and be done with it. It should take weeks (not years!) if Salmond trusted the public to back him!

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    Comment number 248.

    for gods sake, bring back the british empire & put an and to this sort of nonsense........

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    Comment number 247.


    Yep... B&Q have an offer on bricks I believe... Might have enough to fill in the Watford Gap whilst we're at it...

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    Comment number 246.

    If we Scots don't get a referendum soon we may well find that the indigenous Scottish Population will have become so diluted as a result of the very Immigration that Alex Salmond and his cronies so actively promotes that there will be a minority of Scots in Scotland before we even get to vote on it.

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    Comment number 245.

    It should be a clear yes or no referendum, lets clear this matter up once and for all. Independance brings responsibilities so if it goes wrong forget the BoE acting as lender of last resort, Scotland is on its own. It would also need to take with it its share of the deficit and debt.

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    Comment number 244.

    228. "The question of Scottish independence can only be answered by the Scottish people living in Scotland."

    So as a non-Scottish person living in Scotland I don't get a say about whether I will need my passport every time I come back from visiting my relatives in England? A little bit of thought please.....

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    Comment number 243.

    I live in Scotland and i'm actually quite scared because most of our people are bred in support for independance and will vote yes anyway just because they watched Braveheart the night before. The Uk is small, lets not make it smaller.

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    Comment number 242.

    This is a failure of the politicians - I disagreed with devolution being devisive and feared for a possible break-up then. Yet, it was apparently done to prevent any break-up.

    This is happening because of incompetent unscrupulous politicians in Westminster and an attempt to bypass democracy by not allowing all UK a say. Would 51% be enough for a mandate?

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    Comment number 241.

    @206. Yant_the_atheist

    "Scotland contributes more than it gets or the tories would have us out pretty quickly."

    Looking at some of the Tories policies and attitudes are you certain there isn't a Tory plot to get a "Yes" vote. That, coupled to the changes
    in the boundaries would (sadly) ensure a Tory government in the remainder of the UK for a long long time.

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    Comment number 240.

    It's up to the Scottish people, however I do believe those Scot's living in other parts of the UK should be allowed to vote. I'm English I'll support the Scot's whatever they decide.


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Scotland Decides: Counting under way

  1. No 29,040
  2. Yes 21,233
After 2 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

    02:13: Convincing win Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    A very convincing win for "No" in Orkney - no surprise there, as it's solid Liberal Democrat country. There were two spoiled ballot papers.

    02:11: North Ayrshire turnout

    Turnout was 84.4% in North Ayrshire.

    02:11: 100-year-old voter Laura Maxwell, BBC Scotland

    Edinburgh's chief counting officer Sue Bruce says one woman who voted in person today was celebrating her 100th birthday. Ms Bruce described it as "a wonderful demonstration of the voter's commitment to democracy".

    02:10: 'Remarkable' turnout Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The high voter turnout is becoming one of the stories of the evening so far at the Ingliston central count.

    Lib Dem peer Lord Wallace says the 83% turnout in his former Orkney constituency is "remarkable", given turnout at elections there never really got above about 67%.

    02:09: Scottish Borders turnout Morag Kinniburgh, BBC Scotland News

    Scottish Borders turnout is 87.4%.

    02:08: Orkney analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    This is probably one of the toughest council areas for the "Yes" side thus we should not be surprised if the council reports a very substantial "No" lead here.

    This is exactly what has transpired with "Yes" winning less than a third of the vote. We should probably avoid reading too much into this given the count of the area.

    02:07: Falkirk count Fiona Walker BBC Scotland

    Both sides say it's neck and neck in Falkirk. Both still smiling...

    02:07: Dumfries turnout

    Turnout in Dumfries and Galloway was 87.5%.

    02:04: 'Utter cynicism'

    Conservative peer and former Scotland Secretary Lord Forsyth tells the BBC: "The political class really ought to take a lesson from this referendum campaign because the one thing that came over on the doorsteps was utter cynicism about the political class."

    02:04: ORKNEY RESULT

    No wins by 10,004 to 4,883, or 67% to 33%.

    There was a turnout of 83.7%

    02:02: East Dunbartonshire John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Another middle class area that commonly has a relatively high turnout has again repeated past patterns by emerging with no less than a 91% turnout. This is the highest turnout so far.

    02:01: Eilean Siar count Catriona Maclennan BBC Scotland

    Counting of the ballot papers from the Southern Isles now in full swing. Updated estimated time of declaration for the Western Isles is now 02:30. See here for more updates on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

    Southern Isles
    02:01: Turnout analysis John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    So far the differences between councils in their level of turnout is very similar to that which was evident in the May European elections.

    Thus, although the turnout is typically more than 50 points up on the turnout in May, it looks as though the places with a relatively high turnout in this referendum are going to be the same kinds of places that usually have a relatively high turnout.

    This casts doubt on claims that the "Yes" side has been successful in mobilising voters who do not normally come to the polls.

    02:00: It's big

    Turnout for this trip to the ballot box has been huge - from Glasgow at 75% to East Dunbartonshire at 91%, and East Renfrewshire and Stirling at more than 90%.

    This most certainly defies the trend of recent years. Study the figures in this picture.

    Datapic on turnout
    01:59: Perth and Kinross turnout Suzanne Allan, BBC Scotland News

    The turnout for Perth and Kinross is 86.9% - 104,285 votes cast.

    01:57: Falkirk turnout

    Falkirk turnout is 88.7%.

    01:57: More turnout figures Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    More turnout figures for you. West Lothian: 119,115 votes (86.2% turnout) Midlothian: 60,396 votes (86.8% turnout) Shetland: 15,635 votes (84.4% turnout) and Angus: 80,300 votes (85.7% turnout).

    01:56: City turnout lower John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Aberdeen has reported a turnout of 82%. This is the third Scottish city to report a lower turnout than much of more rural and suburban Scotland.

    01:56: East Dunbartonshire turnout Sharyn Fleming

    The East Dunbartonshire turnout figure has been confirmed at 91%, with 79,011 votes cast.

    01:56: Alex Salmond clarification

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson: Aides to @AlexSalmond insist that he has not cancelled appearance at his count. They say he was not going in the first place

    01:55: South Lanarkshire turnout Catriona Renton, BBC Scotland News

    South Lanarkshire turnout is 85.3%, with 22,2937 votes cast.

    01:55: Shetland turnout Daniel Lawson, BBC Scotland News

    Shetland turnout is confirmed as 84.4%, with 15,635 votes cast.

    01:54: Glasgow's lower turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    At 75% the turnout in Glasgow is markedly lower than elsewhere and appears to be fitting in a pattern whereby the turnout in Scotland's cities is lower than the rest of Scotland. Given the "Yes" side's hopes of doing well in the city this will come as a disappointment to them.

    01:53: Glasgow turnout Gillian Sharpe, BBC Scotland News

    The Glasgow turnout is 75%.

    01:53: West Lothian No? Alexandra MacKenzie BBC News

    We are hearing early and unofficial talk from the "Yes" camp that they have lost the count in West Lothian. They are telling us it is 45% for Yes.

    01:51: Get involved

    There have been nearly 94,000 tweets about the referendum sent between midnight and 01:00, down 18% on the previous hour.

    Many of the top tweets were about allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow and some were about the electoral turnout in places such as Orkney.

    The most shared tweet came from Sky News over the alleged electoral fraud which was retweeted 1,246 times.

    The most influential account in the last hour was that of Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone who tweeted asking who was staying up all night.

    You can join the conversation via the #indyref hashtag, tweet @BBCPolitics or go to the BBC News Facebook pageg

    01:50: South Ayrshire turnout Alasdair Lamont, BBC Scotland News

    South Ayrshire turnout is 86.1%, with 81,716 votes cast.

    01:49: South Lanarkshire count Catriona Renton BBC Scotland

    TV turned off in foyer after noisy reaction to Clackmannanshire declaration.

    01:47: Stirling turnout

    Stirling turnout is 90.1%.

    01:47: Angus turnout David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Angus turnout is 85.7% and the total number of votes cast is 80,300.

    01:46: East Renfrewshire turnout Jane Lewis, BBC Scotland News

    The turnout at East Renfrewshire is 90.4% - total votes to be counted are 66,021.

    01:46: Record turnout 'probable' John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Angus has reported a turnout of 86% in what, of course, is one of the SNP's strongest areas.

    On the basis of the results in so far, there is now a very high probability that the turnout will be higher than the record highest turnout in Scotland of 81% in the 1951 election.

    01:44: West Lothian prediction Alison Macdonald BBC Scotland

    The SNP council group leader in West Lothian is predicting a "Yes" loss to "No". Peter Johnson says they think "No" will get 53% and "Yes" 47%.

    01:43: Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    So it's a special congratulations to the 7 people in Clackmannanshire who voted both 'yes' and 'no'.

    01:42: South Ayrshire turnout

    81,716 votes have been cast in South Ayrshire, representing 86.1% of the electorate.

    01:41: Dundee count back on Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Counting staff now re-entering building after the count suspended due to a fire alarm. Building evacuated for 10 minutes.

    01:40: Clackmannanshire win Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Better Together celebrates winning Clackmannanshire.

    BT celebrates
    01:40: Midlothian turnout Carol Purcell, BBC Scotland News

    Midlothian turnout is 86.8%, with 60,396 ballot papers.

    01:39: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former SNP leader, says it is beginning to look as if No might win the day. Not, he stresses, that he is conceding. Based upon the opening result from Clackmannanshire which, he said, was a disappointing outcome. The result there, of course, 54% to No, 46% for Yes.

    01:38: More turnout news

    Midlothian has reported yet another very large turnout, with more than 87% of the electorate having cast a ballot.

    The Angus turnout is 85.7% and East Ayrshire is 84.5%.

    01:36: Ballots found Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    All ten ballot papers at centre of police electoral fraud investigation in Glasgow have been found and will be passed to Police Scotland

    01:34: Caution from Curtice John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Clackmannanshire is a relatively small part of Scotland and we should not place too much weight on the result.

    01:34: Wee county news

    Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell said he felt earlier in the week that Clackmannanshire would be good news for Better Together.

    01:33: Curran 'pleased'

    Labour MP and shadow Scotland secretary Margaret Curran says she is pleased with the "No" vote in Clackmannanshire.

    It is "perhaps indicative" of a better night than she expected, she adds cautiously.

    01:33: Clackmannanshire result Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    I would say this a disappointment for the "Yes" side. Not that they would have expected to sweep to victory but they would have expected to do better than that.

    01:31: 54-46 for 'No'

    The Clackmannanshire result means "No" wins by 54% to 46%.

    01:31: Dundee evacuation update Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee counting staff outside count. Building evacuated due to fire alarm.

    Dundee evacuation

    "No" wins by 19,036 to 16,350. The total number of ballots was 35,410, a turnout of 88.6%.

    01:29: 'Influence will vanish' Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Gordon Wilson, the former leader of the SNP, says that in the event of a "No" vote Scotland's influence will vanish into the sand.

    Mr Wilson voiced substantial scepticism as to whether the response of the UK establishment in such an eventuality would be radical.

    If it is indeed a "No" vote, the focus - or one focus - would be upon that offer of more powers. I stress, if...

    01:28: Dundee turnout

    Dundee turnout is 79%, with 93,558 votes cast.

    01:27: Dumfries & Galloway count Willie Johnston BBC Scotland

    Better Together confident of "No" vote in Dumfries and Galloway. Some activists saying it could be two to one in their favour.

    01:27: Dundee evacuation

    The Dundee count is being evacuated because of a fire alarm.

    01:27: 'Positive vibes' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    The chairman of the official campaign for independence, Dennis Canavan, seems in good spirits at the Ingliston national count centre, saying he's "hopeful" of a good "Yes" result.

    The former Labour MP, who's been trying to convince disenfranchised Labour members to back independence, was in his old Falkirk stomping ground today, where he says he picked up "very positive vibes".

    01:26: Northern Isles John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The turn out in Shetland is, like Orkney, somewhat lower than elsewhere and standing at 84%. Shetland is also an area where the "No" side is expected to do relatively well.

    01:25: Stirling count Reevel Alderson Home affairs correspondent, BBC Scotland

    I have to tell you among the "Yes" campaign there are some fairly glum faces awaiting the result that we expect about 03:00.

    01:24: Dundee turnout disappointment

    Yes campaigner and former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars admits he is disappointed by the relatively low turnout figure in Dundee, which is predicted to be a Yes stronghold. He says it causes a "degree of worry" for the Yes campaign.

    01:23: High flyers

    Argyll and Bute Council ballot papers were taken by helicopter to to be counted in Lochgilphead.

    ballot papers going into helicopter
    01:23: Clackmannanshire count Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland correspondent

    Clackmannanshire result due in five minutes. Magic number for the winning side will be 17,705.

    Better Together campaigners in Alloa looking relaxed.


    Alan Roden of the Scottish Daily Mail tweets: #indyref intelligence: No slightly behind in W. Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde, neck-and-neck in N. Lanarkshire, well ahead in S. Lanarkshire

    01:21: Orkney vote

    Dave Grey in Orkney is now saying the result will be declared before 02:00.

    He said: "The Better Together campaigners are looking happier. The seat has been Liberal or Liberal Democrat for as long as I have been alive so for the Yes campaign to take Orkney would be a bit of a coup."

    01:20: Perth & Kinross count Suzanne Allan BBC Scotland

    Perth and Kinross Council have had 600 commemorative pin badges made to hand out to staff in thanks for working on the referendum.

    01:20: West Lothian turnout Alison MacDonald, BBC Scotland News

    Official turnout for West Lothian is 86.2%.

    01:19: First to declare

    Clackmannanshire and Orkney are both expected to declare within the next 15 minutes. Who will be first?

    01:18: Glasgow hotel Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    I'm with the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow - they are looking increasingly confident.

    01:16: More turnout figures Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Some more turnout figures for you: Renfrewshire saw 117,612 votes with an 87.3% turnout. Inverclyde: 54,601 votes with an 87.4% turnout, West Dunbartonshire: 62,532 votes, with turnout at 87.9% and Dundee: 93,592 votes with turnout at 78.8%.

    01:12: West Dunbartonshire turnout

    Update. West Dunbatonshire total votes 62,532 - turnout 87.9%.

    01:12: Falkirk turnout

    Falkirk turnout is to be announced "very shortly, as we speak" says counting officer Rose Mary Glackin.

    01:12: Hosie on Dundee turnout

    SNP MP Stewart Hosie in Dundee said: "Given what we have seen in parts of Scotland today, with turnouts of 85% and 90%, a 78% turnout here seems disappointing. In any other election, in any other referendum, a 78% turnout would be an extraordinary feat."

    Asked whether he was still hopeful that "Yes" would win the referendum, Mr Hosie said there was, for now, an "information vacuum".

    "Votes have not yet been counted, not a single result has been declared," he added.

    01:07: Angus count David Currie Reporting Scotland presenter

    Soundings from both camps suggest it could be quite close in Angus. We expect to discover the turnout figure at 01:30.

    01:06: Coffee break

    As the count enters the wee small hours, counting agents grab some coffee to keep their energy levels up.

    Coffee break
    01:06: Glasgow fraud search

    Colin Edgar, head of communication at Glasgow City Council, says the search for ballot papers which are the subject of an investigation of electoral fraud "will not delay the count".

    01:05: Looking disappointed Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland News presenter

    Early reports suggest Glasgow may have voted 54% "Yes" to 46% "No". However, "Yes" campaigners look a bit disappointed as they hoped the result would be more in their favour.

    01:05: No in East Lothian?

    "No" campaigners in Eat Lothian say they are certain they have secured at least 62% of the vote, based on a sample of 12,000 votes cast.

    01:04: Canavan optimistic

    Chairman of Yes Scotland Dennis Canavan tells the BBC he is optimistic that the campaign "can still win a famous victory".

    01:03: Fraud allegation update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    These allegations, as I understand it, relate to 10 votes.

    The technical term for the allegation is "personation".

    This is where somebody claiming to be Joe Bloggs turns up at a polling station and votes. Then maybe several hours later when the real Joe Bloggs finishes work and turns up to vote there is a problem. 'I'm sorry sir you have already voted'.

    The allegation is that that has happened on 10 separate occasions at polling stations across Glasgow.

    They will now try to trace the number of those ballots when it comes to the count.

    We have noticed one of them being put aside in an envelope. That will form part of the police investigation as we understand it.

    The number of people registered to vote in Glasgow is 486,219.

    01:00: Western Isles update Catriona Maclennan, BBC Scotland

    The plane with the ballot papers from the Southern Isles (Uist and Barra) left Benbecula at 00:22 and is expected to land in Stornoway at approx 01:00.

    There had been uncertainty over how the papers would get here due to low lying fog all over the islands.

    Plan B was to transport the papers by boat from Uist to Harris, and then to Lewis by road, which would have meant a 05:00-06:00 declaration. Looking at a 03:00 declaration, approximately.

    00:58: Last Shetland boxes

    The islands of Unst and Yell are the last boxes to arrive in Shetland.

    Shetland votes
    00:57: 'Broken political system'

    Scottish Green party MSP Patrick Harvie, a supporter of the "Yes" campaign, tells the BBC that the UK has "a broken political system that has been propping up a broken economic system". The anger at this has been "channelled into something positive" in Scotland, he claims.

    00:56: Andy Murray surprise Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    I was astonished that Andy Murray tweeted his support for independence in the early hours of Thursday.

    Partly because he had kept his own counsel for so long and partly because it came pretty much on polling day.

    I spoke to him about this very issue in New York a few weeks ago and he said he would play for an independent Scotland at the Olympics but he hadn't given it too much thought because he wasn't expecting it to happen.

    So when he said what he said yesterday it was game, set and match for the astonishment factor for me.

    00:55: Inverclyde count Sally McNair Reporter, BBC Scotland

    The count at Inverclyde, in the Waterfront ice rink overlooking the Firth of Clyde, is well under way. All 75 boxes from 38 polling stations were brought here within an hour of the polls closing.

    With just under 62,500 registered voters here, this is the fifth smallest council area in Scotland and should be one of the first to declare.

    Polling has been high, with queues at some of the polling stations before they opened at 07:00.

    00:55: Dundee City turnout Andrew Anderson BBC Scotland News

    Dundee City reports a turnout of 78.8%.

    00:55: Analysis Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

    Intriguing comments from polling organisation leaders on the potential outcome. They suggest that 'Yes' made significant ground, only for there to be a move back in a 'No' direction right at the very close.

    All note the difficulty in assessing a referendum by contrast with elections - where there is a history of comparable voting behaviour. All agree the need to reassess polling methods.

    As I say, intriguing - but of decidedly minor moment by comparison with the decision being taken by Scotland tonight.

    Two years of campaigning. Two seconds to mark a cross on a small piece of paper.

    00:53: Hidden 'thumbs up' Eleanor Bradford BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Campaigners gathered at the Better Together campaign at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow say voters were reluctant to say openly if they voted "No" but instead gave "No" volunteers a surreptitious wink!

    They replied with a "thumbs up" under their jackets.

    00:52: 'Victory for the people' Andrew Black Political reporter, BBC Scotland

    Lord Wallace, Advocate General for Scotland in the UK government, and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill are playing their cards close to the chest at the Ingliston central count.

    Mr MacAskill says he's "contemplating a 'Yes' vote", while Lord Wallace says it would be "rash" to predict an outcome at this stage in the game. Both men, though, agree this referendum has been a victory for the people, whatever the result, given the remarkably high turnouts we've seen so far.

    00:53: High turnout John Curtice Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    Inverclyde has also recorded a very high turnout with 87% of voters having cast a ballot.

    We have now had turnouts from three areas which are thought to be relatively fertile territory for the "Yes" side.

    In all three cases the turnout has been 87% to 89%.

    In contrast in the one place where "No" are expected to do well, and we have information on the number of papers that have been found in the ballot boxes, the turnout is somewhat lower at 84%.

    00:51: East Renfrewshire count Jane Lewis BBC Scotland

    Still verifying here in East Renfrewshire but "No" supporter Jim Murphy says "we've won it by miles."

    The "Yes" camp tell me "it's a mixed bag".

    00:50: 'Shift to No'

    Peter Kellner from pollsters YouGov told BBC Scotland: "We are saying 54% No, 46% Yes.

    "We reckon there has been a two-point shift to No just today from either people shifting or from the 'No' people being especially determined to turn out to vote.

    "The word out is that Glasgow is very close. Yes needs to win Glasgow comfortably if they are to win overall. If it is tight in Glasgow, 'No' has won Scotland."

    00:49: BT analysis

    BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor is providing analysis through the night.

    Brian Taylor
    00:48: No Alex Salmond

    BBC Politics: First Minister Alex Salmond cancels appearance at own #indyref count, @bbcnickrobinson says

    00:48: 'Different country'

    Historian Peter Hennessy tells the BBC in Westminster that the UK "will be a different country" whatever the result of the referendum. "The English question has been rumbling but will soon become a roar," he predicts.

    00:47: Electoral fraud allegations update Aileen Clarke BBC Scotland

    Police investigating allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. It relates to 10 votes cast in various polling stations around the city.

    00:44: Electoral fraud allegations

    Editor of The Herald, Magnus Llewellin: BREAKING: Allegations of electoral fraud in Glasgow. Allegations of double vote impersonation in Glasgow #indyref

    00:44: Orkney count

    Former Big Brother winner, and Better Together campaigner, Cameron Stout looks on as the Orkney count takes place.

    Cameron Stout
    00:43: Queen to make statement

    The Queen is to make a written statement on Friday afternoon, regardless of the referendum result.

    Email: 00:43: Get involved

    Andrew McCallum sent these pictures from Jura of ballot boxes being collected: "The helicopter had arrived from Gigha to collect our votes and was then heading to Islay airport and Colonsay, before flying to Lochgilphead where the votes will be counted."

    The vote being collected from Jura by helicopter
    00:40: Renfrewshire turnout Megan Paterson, BBC Scotland

    Renfrewshire reports 117,612 votes cast, a turnout of 87.3%.

    00:39: 'No' in Falkirk? Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland news presenter

    Better Together say they think "No" will win "comfortably" in Falkirk, the former Westminster seat of Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan, who used to be a Labour MP.

    00:39: Renfrewshire turnout

    Renfrewshire turnout figure 87.3%. That is 117,612 votes cast.

    00:38: Young voters

    Prof Charlie Jeffrey told BBC Scotland the introduction of 16 and 17-year-olds to the electorate had been a great success.

    He said: "I think the commitment of new voters has been very high but also the level of seriousness of the debate.

    "Some special polling has been done on 16 to 17-year-olds by my colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and they found they were not more likely to vote 'Yes' but actually more likely than any other age group, except for pensioners to vote 'No'."

    charlie jeffrey
    00:37: Shetland selfie

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott takes a selfie with first-time voters from the island's two high schools.

    Tavish Scott selfie


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