Scotland's future: Your 10 independence questions

With less than a year to go until the Scottish independence referendum, there are many questions about what a "Yes" vote might mean.

  • For more on the Scottish independence referendum go to the BBC's Scotland's Future page.

BBC news website readers have been telling us the kind of things they want answered ahead of the poll on 18 September 2014.

Here are 10 of the most frequently asked questions........

1. Alex O'Brien asks: "I recently renewed two UK passports for my wife and I. Will I require a new one if the vote is 'Yes'?

The Scottish government intends to bring in a separate Scottish passport under independence, but says Scots would be free either to retain their British passport, or hold both.

Finding the answers

The Scottish government says it will answer "all your questions" when it publishes its vision for independence on 26 November.

That said, UK Home Secretary Theresa May says the Westminster government may not allow Scottish dual citizenship, adding that the issue will be considered along with SNP policy on citizenship, and membership of the EU.

Current UK Border Agency policy states that British subjects can keep their British passport, as long as the country in which they want to hold another passport (which in this case would be an independent Scotland) allows dual nationality.

2. Iain Morrison asks: "What is envisaged as the national anthem for a new independent Scotland? As someone born of Scots parents in England, I am proud of my Scottish inheritance but I feel that the lyrics of the current anthem 'Flower of Scotland' are far too nationalistic."

Scotland does not currently have its own official national anthem, but it seems certain that, under independence, the nation would seek to adopt one.

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God Save the Queen is the national anthem for the whole United Kingdom, but tunes such as Flower of Scotland and Scotland the Brave have long been used as an unofficial Scots anthems, especially at sporting events.

There have been numerous suggestions over the years to find Scotland's national song, from adopting one of the above to coming up with a brand new one - although the SNP's policy of retaining the Monarch under independence means God Save the Queen could still have its place.

3. Jim Green asks: "What will be the proportion of votes needed to favour independence for the result to be declared a 'Yes'?"

The result of the independence referendum will be decided by a simple majority.

That means a "Yes" vote of "50% plus one" would be enough to gain independence.

There is no turnout requirement for next year's vote - unlike the 1979 devolution referendum, in which the "Yes" vote had to exceed 40% of the total electorate.

4. Geoff Parry asks: "Assuming a 'Yes' vote for separation in 2014, would Scots be able to vote in a UK election if that were held between the date of the referendum and the date in 2016 when the' Yes' vote would take effect?"

If the September 2014 referendum returns a "Yes" vote, the SNP says it would take 18 months to prepare for full independence - that's March 2016.

Differing views

The UK government has been publishing a series of papers on why it believes the Union should remain intact.

The next UK election, due to happen in May 2015, would come in the middle of that - but Scotland would still then be a member of the UK, so it is likely Scots would still be able to vote for their local MP.

However, in the event of a "Yes" vote, the question is - would anyone stand for election to one of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats, in the knowledge they faced redundancy the following year?

5. Len Loullis asks: "If Scotland attains independence, will it still be a member of the EU?"

Nobody has seriously suggested that an independent Scotland cannot or would not be a European Union member - the argument has centred around how long it might take.

SNP thinking in the past few years has gone from saying membership would be "automatic" to a position that Scotland, having been part of EU member state Britain, would negotiate its position "from within".

Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney is confident there would be enough time in the 18-month window for the process to be completed, but opponents have said such talks could be lengthy and very complicated.

6. Anne MacDonald asks: "I work in the NHS and am close to retirement age. What will happen to state pensions in an independent Scotland? And, does Alex Salmond propose to keep age changes in the state pension?"

The Scottish government says benefits, tax credits and state pensions would continue to be paid from the first day of independence, with the same level of protection that currently exists.

Scotland's future: Viewpoints

The BBC news website has been publishing a number of webcasts on the Scottish independence debate. They can be found on our Scotland's Future website.

Pensions expert David Davison, from actuarial firm Spence & Partners, says the challenge would be the transition of schemes from one administration to another.

On the policy front, the SNP - if it became the party of government in an independent Scotland - says that, from 2016, new pensioners would get £160 a week, making them £1.10 better off than those in the rest of the UK. It has also pledged to set up a commission looking at what level the state pension age should be.

7. Gary Woolton asks: "What would happen to .co.uk in Scotland? As no longer part of the UK would Scottish-based business, individuals using .co.uk addresses still be entitled to use them or would a new domain be set up? What would the cost to business be if this was the case"?

Plans for an optional .scot domain have been accepted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), following a campaign by not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry and have passed the initial evaluation process. This means the domain could be ready to go live in January 2015, regardless of the referendum result.

All .co.uk domains are administered by UK registry Nominet, which says the domain names they manage are not currently subject to any geographic restrictions. Therefore the status of registrants and prospective registrants should not be affected by Scotland becoming an independent country.

Nominet has consulted on proposals that, post-independence, Scottish companies wishing to keep or apply for a .uk domain would have to nominate a UK address of service to which legal papers could be served.

8. Lorrie Godwin asks: "Will Scotland have a second chamber and if so will it be elected?"

Scottish devolution was seen as a chance to do things differently from Westminster and its single-chamber setup, backed up by Holyrood's cross-party committees, is regarded as a system which works well and is not likely to change.

The campaigners

Both sides of the Scottish independence debate have well established campaigns with well established websites - Yes Scotland is for independence and Better Together is pro-Union.

There has been some support for a second chamber - from nationalist-leaning commentator Michael Fry for one - but the SNP's continued dominance in Scottish politics would keep it off the agenda, given the party's opposition to the UK House of Lords.

Apart from anything else, the Scottish Parliament may need to build an extension to make it happen.

9. Derek McAllister asks: "What percentage of the UK national debt will be transferred to an independent Scotland?"

This would have to be negotiated, but the SNP has touted a figure of £92bn, based on population, while they also argue Scotland's share of the national debt should be lessened because of the high contribution to the UK's coffers by oil and gas from Scotland's shores.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research says Scotland's debt could be 86% of national income- significantly lower than the 101% calculated for the rest of the UK.

There is also an argument that, with no track record of servicing debt, the new independent nation of Scotland could face a higher borrowing cost - between 0.72% and 1.65% above UK borrowing costs for 10-year debt.

10. Ian Thompson asks: "Would the UK still be called the UK after Scottish independence? Wales is not a kingdom, neither is Northern Ireland. Would the UK just refer to its other title of Great Britain?"

It could be assumed the term "UK" might continue to stand for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, given it is a term people know and that the Union of the Scottish and English crowns would continue under independence.

The term UK is not synonymous with Great Britain.

Britain refers to England, Wales and Scotland, while the UK also includes Northern Ireland. Therefore, using the title Great Britain to refer to the Union of England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be incorrect as it would include Scotland, which in the event of independence would no longer be part of this union, and exclude Northern Ireland which would remain part of the Union.

Technically speaking Northern Ireland is a province and Wales although formerly a principality, was officially reclassified as a country in January 2012 by the International Organisation for Standards (ISO).

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Scotland Decides: SCOTLAND VOTES NO

  1. No 2,001,926
  2. Yes 1,617,989
After 32 of 32 counts Results in detail

Referendum Live

  1.  
    11:34: More Salmond

    Alex Salmond to Sunday Politics: "I've been leader of the party for 20 of the last 24 years and I think it's time to give someone else a shot."

     
  2.  
    11:29: 'Swift movement'

    Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael insisted that the English issue would not be allowed to derail progress on the delivery of extra powers to Holyrood.

    He told Pienaar's Politics there was a "popular mood" to discuss the status of English and Scottish MPs but added: "It's good that we can have this wider conversation but that does not act as any sort of brake or hindrance on our meeting the timetable that we have previously given an undertaking on."

    The Liberal Democrat UK government minister said the Tory plan to link the two matters was an attempt to encourage swift movement on reform across the UK.

    "But if that agreement is not achievable then we still keep to the work in the Scottish Parliament and the work of Lord Smith," he said.

     
  3.  
    11:25: Salmond on reasons for resigning

    Mr Salmond added: "I am not really an agoniser. I take a look at things. When you get beaten in an election or referendum, then you have to consider standing down as a real possibility.

    "I know taking responsibility in politics has gone out of fashion but there is aspect to which if you lead a campaign and you don't win, then you have to contemplate whether you are the best person to lead future political campaigns and in my judgement it was time for the SNP and the broader yes movement would benefit from new leadership."

     
  4.  
    11:20: Salmond on the referendum

    First Minister Alex Salmond tells the BBC's Sunday Politics Show: "For most of the referendum I thought we would win."

    Alex Salmond
     
  5.  
    11:10: Love-bomb

    The Scotsman's Deputy Editor Kenny Farquharson tweets: Depressing conversation with English relative this morning. They think we hate them. Let the love bombing of the English commence. #indyref

     
  6.  
    Email: haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk 11:02: Get involved

    Keith: I hope that what I am hearing is not true. The three main parties promised the Scottish people that they would get new powers if they voted No in the referendum. Now that the poll is over and the vote to go independent was No, the English politicians can't seem to agree exactly what benefits they are going to give to the Scottish people.

    I hope they are not going back on their promise. I am English, but I feel that a promise is a promise.

    No wonder nobody trusts any politicians.

     
  7.  
    10:54: 'Yes Alliance'

    The Sunday Herald's Investigations Editor Paul Hutcheon has said three senior SNP MSPs have proposed they fight the next general election together with the Scottish Green Party and Scottish Socialist Party.

    Mr Hutcheon writes: "Leaked emails reveal that three Nationalist MSPs, including an aide to the outgoing First Minister, would like to contest May's Westminster poll as either a "Yes Alliance" or a "Scotland Alliance"."

     
  8.  
    10:46: Sturgeon's Deputy? Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    Back in 2004, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon stood on what was seen as a joint ticket although the election for SNP leader and deputy leader are separate votes. You don't buy one and get one free.

    It is not clear if Ms Sturgeon - assuming that she declares herself a candidate in the next few days - if she will choose to run with a deputy leadership contender or allow there to be a contest and work with whoever wins that contest.

    Among the people whose names are most often mentioned, the External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf, the Local Government Minister Derek Mackay, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Angela Constance have been suggested by some. Nobody declared so far, and I don't think that contest will really get under way until the leadership process becomes clearer.

     
  9.  
    10:39: Lord Salmond? Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    The rocks would melt with the sun before I'd ever set foot in the House of Lords, Alex Salmond tells Sky

     
  10.  
    10:37: 'Yes' voters in Labour

    Ed Miliband said: "I know we've got a big job to do, to reach out to those people who voted Yes who are Labour voters.

    "We're going to show that we're going to make a difference. It's people on low and middle incomes who don't think their hard work is being rewarded and we are going to change that."

     
  11.  
    10:35: What about Gordon Brown?

    Asked if Gordon Brown was likely to ask him for a job, Labour leader Ed Miliband told the Andrew Marr Show: "I don't think that's going to happen. He played an important role in the referendum but he's not going to come back to front-line politics in Britain."

     
  12.  
    10:33: 'Parties agree'

    "I think the parties are, by in large, in agreement on a lot of things," says Lord Smith of Kelvin, the man tasked with bringing more devolved powers to Scotland.

    "I've just come off the Commonwealth Games and people said that might not have gone quite so well. I enjoy a challenge."

     
  13.  
    10:31: SNP membership rise

    The SNP's chief executive Peter Murrell confirms that more than 8,000 people have signed up to join the Scottish National Party since the independence referendum vote.

    There has also been an increase in Scottish Green Party membership with more than 2,000 new joiners.

     
  14.  
    10:29: 'Darling's decision'

    Ed Miliband on Alistair Darling's future: "I think he played an incredibly important role in the referendum. He's a very strong member of Labour's team but he's got to make his own decision about what he wants to do."

     
  15.  
    10:28: Lord Smith's plan

    Lord Smith of Kelvin, the man tasked with overseeing the process of bringing more devolved powers to Scotland, has told BBC Radio Scotland his task it to get the energy from the millions of Scots who voted and "transfer it into action now".

    He said: "First of all, I will be speaking to all the political parties. Secondly, I am going to reach out to the institutions - the trade unions, voluntary groups. I want to get back to them and say 'tell me again what exactly you think should change here to make life better'.

    "Thirdly, I want to reach out to the people of Scotland who may not be involved in these institutions , may not be involved in these political parties.

    lord smith

    "4.2m people means most of the people in Scotland were involved in this and I want to hear from them, so I am going to try and find a way to reach out and get feedback from all of them."

    Who is Lord Smith? Read our profile here.

     
  16.  
    10:25: Young voters

    Ed Miliband said, under Labour, 16 and 17-year-olds would be able to vote in general elections - just as they did in the Scottish referendum.

    He said: "We can't go back on this now. It wasn't our original proposal to have 16 and 17-year-olds vote in this referendum but I'm glad it happened.

    "I was on the campaign trail in Scotland talking to young people who were making very sensible thoughts about the future."

     
  17.  
    10:22: Swinney backs Sturgeon James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    John Swinney also tells BBC Radio Scotland: "I will be backing Nicola Sturgeon for leader, enthusiastically and energetically."

     
  18.  
    10:19: Swinney on further powers James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney suggests the SNP will argue for devolution of all powers except defence and foreign affairs, during talks on Scotland's future. He says if the UK parties "don't honour in full their commitments" then "No" voters will believe they were "utterly deceived".

     
  19.  
    10:17: Cameron statement

    Prime Minister David Cameron has posted a Facebook status outlining exactly why he believes the rest of the UK must have the same powers due for Scotland.

    Mr Cameron writes: "But this moment must not just be about securing Scotland's future in the UK - and celebrating that fact - but settling other questions whose time has come.

    "The challenge is to make sure our UK works for all nations. Millions of people in the rest of the UK have been listening to these debates, watching this campaign and rightly asking: 'What will change for us? Why can't we have the same powers and the same rights as those in Scotland?'

    "These are questions the Conservative Party itself has been asking for a long time."

     
  20.  
    10:15: One the Barnett formula

    When asked if the Barnett formula, which calculates the budget given to Scotland, is unjust, Mr Miliband said: "The Barnett Formula has served us well and should continue because it is oriented towards need. For example, Scotland has more older people and there is a greater need.

    "But there is a big injustice here, which is the way public spending is apportioned in England. There are huge issues about what the government has done to the poorer areas of this country."

     
  21.  
    10:14: Salmond tribute

    Kevin Pringle, SNP strategic communications director and former special advisor to Alex Salmond, has penned a tribute to the first minister in the Sunday Post.

    Mr Pringle writes: "He entered public life because he has a positive vision for the future of Scotland. And his instinct in every situation is to work with others in the best interests of Scotland who may not share that vision."

     
  22.  
    10:10: Sturgeon the clear favourite Glenn Campbell BBC Scotland news

    I think either a coronation or a contest for the new SNP leader is possible but at this moment in time it seems to me a coronation is more likely.

    While there are some in the party that think a contest would be desirable as that is the democratic way and it would confer legitimacy on whomever becomes the leader, no-one really seriously thinks anyone other than Nicola Sturgeon would win a contest so some are asking 'what's the point?'

    Some of the other big names who might fancy their chances are ruling themselves out.

     
  23.  
    10:08: 'Two-tier parliament'

    The Labour leader said he is not in favour of a separate English parliament with an extra tier of English MPS.

    He said: "I am in favour of one House of Commons with 650 MPs because we've fought tooth-and-nail over the last two years to avoid our parliament being split up."

     
  24.  
    10:06: 'Losing Scottish votes'

    Ed Miliband has denied losing the votes of Scottish MPs could cost Labour a future majority at Westminster. He told the Andrew Marr show: "The history is that when Labour have won majorities in the United Kingdom, we've won majorities in England too."

     
  25.  
    10:02: English votes

    Ed Miliband on the row over English votes for English laws: "We've spent two years trying to keep our country together. Let's have a proper constitutional convention, let's look at the issues, but let's not drive our country apart."

     
  26.  
    Tweet @BBCScotlandnews 09:59: Get involved

    @testedbylife tweets: #Miliband on #Marr Not his, Miliband, best performance. Unfortunate start to a critical 6 months

    @BrynTeilo tweets: #Miliband wants to preserve the #Westminster parliament as is. That sums him up.

     
  27.  
    09:57: Miliband on Cameron

    "People right across the country are going to say David Cameron made a promise, he didn't make a conditional promise, and he's going to be kept to that."

     
  28.  
    09:54: People say 'it's not working'

    Ed Miliband tells Andrew Marr: "I was in Paisley and met a Yes voter, a woman pushing a pram, who said 'I can't get a house, I want to get out of the United Kingdom'.

    "It tells you something very deep. It's people saying this country doesn't work for me."

     
  29.  
    09:53: Votes at 16 and 17

    Ed Miliband says there is "no case" to deny 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in future elections

     
  30.  
    09:51: 'Wake-up call'

    Labour leader Ed Miliband told the Marr show: "Unless the establishment reacts to this wake-up call about how our country is run, how our economy is run, we are not going to address the discontent in England, Wales, Scotland and the whole of the United Kingdom."

     
  31.  
    09:48: 'Clear promise'

    Ed Miliband tells Andrew Marr: "He made a clear promise. And I know that David Cameron will want to honour that promise."

     
  32.  
    09:45: Salmond's 'place in history'

    On Alex Salmond retiring, Alistair Darling told the Andrew Marr show: "He is a very formidable politician. He has brought his party from the fringes and he's got them into government.

    "He is a divisive politician, that's the nature of the beast. But Alex Salmond has got his place in history. I'm sure that's what he wanted and that's what he'll get."

     
  33.  
    09:42: 'We will deliver'

    Ed Miliband tells The Andrew Marr Show: "No ifs, no buts, we will deliver on our promise."

    Ed Miliband
     
  34.  
    09:39: Miliband's worry David Porter Westminster correspondent

    Traditionally, Labour MPs have been the majority MPs in Scotland. At the moment, there are 41 Labour MPs out of the 58 MPs in Scotland. That is a very big block of MPs that Ed Miliband, if he became Prime Minister after the May General Election next year, would have to rely on. He would have to rely on those MPs to get through reforms on health and education in England.

    The argument from the Conservatives is the West Lothian question. Simply, why should MPs in Scotland whose decisions on health and education are taken in Holyrood, why should they be able to vote on those matters in England, which don't affect them? This is potentially becoming a real flashpoint between the parties.

     
  35.  
    09:37: 'Clear commitment'

    Alistair Darling adds: "I spoke to David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Friday morning and I'm absolutely clear that we've got a commitment (to more devolution for Scotland). The debate in Scotland is more advanced and developed than it is in the UK because we've had a referendum campaign.

    "If anyone attempts to get out of that, how will anyone be believed on what they've got to say?"

     
  36.  
    09:35: 'Non-negotiable'

    Alistair Darling told the Andrew Marr programme: "The agreement reached by the three parties, as far as I'm concerned, is non-negotiable. It was promised, it's got to be delivered and anyone who welches on that is going to pay a very, very heavy price for years to come."

     
  37.  
    09:32: Darling vow on Union pledge

    Better Together leader Alistair Darling has said he fully expects the pro-Union parties to carry out their pledge to give more devolution powers to Scotland.

    alistair darling

    Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Darling said: "The vast majority of people expect us all to work together for the common good."

     
  38.  
    09:30: Analysis David Porter Westminster correspondent

    I think what we saw yesterday from Gordon Brown was a pretty heavy shove from a former Prime Minister saying to the three UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - 'just a week ago, you signed up to this pledge, you said it was going to happen. Make sure that it does or Scotland will not forgive you'.

    As regards the division, what we are seeing now is just how complicated, how thorny a question constitutional reform is not just in Scotland but for the rest of the UK.

     
  39.  
    09:26: Another referendum

    Former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Lord Ashcroft tweets: If the Westminster parties do not deliver on the "vow" made to the Scots in the #indyref then expect siren calls for another referendum.

     
  40.  
    09:21: 'No ifs, no buts'

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, writing in The Sunday Times, insisted there could be "no ifs, no buts" about delivering the extra powers promised to Scotland, and the package "cannot be made contingent on other constitutional reforms".

    He accused the Tories of being more concerned with the threat from Ukip than the vow made to Scotland.

    Mr Clegg said: "The Conservatives, in their rush to protect themselves from an attack from the right, are only concerned about English votes on English matters.

    "Of course we need a solution to this dilemma but, by appearing to link it to the delivery of further devolution to Scotland, they risk reneging on the commitment made to the Scottish people that, in the event of a No vote, new powers would come what may.

    "Worse still, if the Conservatives enter into a Dutch auction with Ukip over ever more extreme solutions to the issue of English votes they could jeopardise the union they purport to defend.

    "Surely we haven't fought to save our union in a vote north of the border, only to see it balkanised in Westminster?"

     
  41.  
    09:18: 'Travesty of democracy'

    UK government Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, writing in The Sunday Telegraph, said Holyrood should not receive more powers while Scottish MPs can still "shape the destiny" of the NHS, education and justice systems south of the border and force "socialist policies" on England.

    "That would be a travesty of democracy, and would be regarded with fury by the English," he said.

     
  42.  
    09:16: Shapps says 'no reneging'

    Tory chairman Grant Shapps told BBC 5 Live the devolution vow would be honoured by the Westminster parties but accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of "weak leadership".

    He said: "What we think is, actually, it's absolutely right more powers go to Scotland, that's clearly what was promised in the referendum if there was a No vote.

    "There's no reneging on that at all, that is what's going to happen.

    "At the same time, we need to sort out what happens for England, and let's face it the rest of the United Kingdom is 60 million people on top of the five million in Scotland. The rest of the United Kingdom, therefore, has to have a fair settlement as well."

    He added: "We need to make sure that there are English laws voted on by English MPs. It's pretty straightforward, it's not really very complicated."

    He said Mr Miliband "doesn't want to sort the problem out" and his proposed constitutional convention starting next year is a "complete joke".

     
  43.  
    09:13: Nicola Sturgeon's story

    With Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the hot favourite to replace Alex Salmond as SNP leader, you can read all about her journey to the top here.

    Nicola Sturgeon
     
  44.  
    09:08: Leaders' pledge

    The Sunday Post also features the referendum on its front page, with the pledge by Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Nick Clegg to meet their target for more devolved powers.

    Sunday Post
     
  45.  
    09:05: The Motion

    Here is the text of the motion on further powers that will be put before the UK Parliament tomorrow:

    That this House...

    • welcomes the result of the Scottish independence referendum and the decision of the people of Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom;
    • recognises that people across Scotland voted‎ for a Union based on the pooling and sharing of resources and for the‎ continuation of devolution inside the United Kingdom;
    • notes the statement by the prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition regarding the guarantee of and timetable for further devolution to Scotland;
    • calls on the government to lay before Parliament a Command Paper including the proposals of all three UK political parties by 30th October and to consult widely with the Scottish people, civic Scotland and the Scottish Parliament on these proposals;
    • further calls on the government to publish heads of agreement by the end of November and draft clauses for the new Scotland Bill by the end of January 2015.
     
  46.  
    08:57: Reconciliation

    The Right Reverend John Chalmers said today's service in Edinburgh "is not just a photo opportunity".

    He said: "It is a real serious opportunity to look inside ourselves and commit to togetherness.

    "There were times when people said we wouldn't need any activity to bring people together. 'Scots will fix that overnight'. I don't think that is true for a lot of people."

    Mr Chalmers told Radio Scotland the church could be part of a process to help reconciliation.

     
  47.  
    08:54: Yousaf not running

    SNP minister Humza Yousaf tweets: For all journalists that are still calling about leadership let me be clear: No ifs, no buts, no mibbees - I am #TeamSturgeon

     
  48.  
    08:51: The Aftermath

    Scotland on Sunday features stories about Nicola Sturgeon's leadership chances and disorder in George Square.

    Scotland on Sunday
     
  49.  
    Text 80295 08:48: Get involved

    Barry, Blantyre: Does anyone really believe the Westminster establishment will give a toss about Scotland now the turkeys have voted for Christmas?

    Margaret, Dundee: Tell A Salmond to be quiet. He lost. The people of Scotland gave him a bloody nose. He promised Nirvana which he could NEVER have delivered, so his pot has a nerve calling the kettle black. He's a lame duck now, resigning when he did to spoil the news of a no vote and you lot fell for it! DON'T give him the oxygen of publicity. He's yesterday's man.

     
  50.  
    08:46: The Vow

    Today's front page of The Scottish Sun on Sunday features the story of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown urging all of the Westminster parties to meet their vow for additional powers for the Scottish Parliament.

    Scottish Sun
     
  51.  
    08:44: Momentous times

    After a historic week in Scotland, the Sunday Mail aims to reflect that on its front page.

    Sunday Mail
     
  52.  
    08:40: 'Contrasting emotions'

    Right Reverend John Chalmers, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, will lead a service this morning at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh with leading members of the Yes and No camps in attendance.

    Speaking on Radio Scotland, he said: "We need a variety of events to bring people together to unite in common purpose.

    "The word I have heard a lot of people use is gutted on one side. On the other side, there are people who are possibly relieved if not elated.

    "Across Scotland and in different ways, people need to find opportunities to deal with those contrasting emotions."

     
  53.  
    08:30: Miliband interviews

    Ed Miliband will be speaking on The Andrew Marr Show from the Labour party conference in Manchester. However, the BBC's political editor in the South of England, Peter Henley, is reporting that the Labour leader has cancelled other BBC interviews.

    Peter Henley: Ed Miliband has pulled out of planned BBC interviews tomorrow. They've cancelled BBC English Regions, Scotland, NI & Wales.

     
  54.  
    08:27: Sunday Herald

    The Sunday Herald has a wraparound front cover.

    The paper says: "We are proud to be the newspaper that gave voice to 45% of the Scottish population. A big responsibility and huge honour."

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  55.  
    08:17: Darling says promise 'non-negotiable'

    Alistair Darling, who led the Better Together campaign, insisted the pledge for more powers would be acted upon within the stated timetable.

    Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr programme in an interview to be broadcast later, he said: "The agreement reached between the three parties is non-negotiable."

    "It was promised, it's got to be delivered, and anyone who welches on that will pay a very heavy price for years to come."

     
  56.  
    08:11: Sturgeon favourite

    Half the Scottish cabinet have publicly backed Alex Salmond's deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, to replace him as SNP leader and first minister.

    Ms Sturgeon has yet to formally throw her hat into the ring.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    But on Friday she said she could think of "no greater privilege" than to seek the leadership.

    Pundits and bookmakers have already tipped her as the clear favourite, although as yet there are no declared challengers.

     
  57.  
    08:04: Watch Salmond clip
    Alex Salmond

    In the interview recorded for the Sunday Politics, Mr Salmond said the pledge made by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg had been "cooked up in desperation".

    You can watch the full interview on Sunday Politics on 21 September 2014 at 11:00 BST on BBC One.

     
  58.  
    08:02: Salmond quotes

    Mr Salmond said: "I am actually not surprised they are cavilling and reneging on commitments, I am only surprised by the speed at which they are doing it. They seem to be totally shameless in these matters.

    "The prime minister wants to link change in Scotland to change in England. He wants to do that because he has difficulty in carrying his backbenchers on this and they are under pressure from UKIP.

    "The Labour leadership of course are frightened of any changes in England which leave them without a majority in the House of Commons on English matters.

    "I think the vow was something cooked up in desperation for the last few days of the campaign and I think everyone in Scotland now realises that".

     
  59.  
    08:00: Salmond on the Vow

    Mr Salmond was speaking to the BBC's Sunday Politics programme, which will be broadcast on BBC One at 11:00.

    The first minister said he believed the late vow of new powers made by the leaders of the three main UK parties had won the referendum for the "No" side.

    But he predicted "No" voters would already be angry at having been "misled", "gulled" and "tricked" by the pledge.

     
  60.  
    07:56: Salmond hits out

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he is surprised at the speed with which Britain's main political parties are reneging on commitments to Scotland, following a vote against Scottish independence. He told the BBC that many voters would feel misled. The British government has denied that a timetable for giving Scotland more powers will slip.

     
  61.  
    07:52: Sunday live Steven Brocklehurst BBC Scotland news website

    Good morning and welcome to today's live page coverage of the latest post-referendum news and analysis.

     

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