As-it-happened: Referendum debate on Thursday, 18 March, 2014

Key points

  • The latest in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Kirkcaldy, in Fife
  • On the panel: Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney, Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, historian Michael Fry and businesswoman Tessa Hartmann
  • On 18 September, voters go to the polls when they will be asked the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Live text

Reporting:

  • Andrew Black 
  • Doug Kennedy 
  • Jamie Ross 
  • Louise Sayers 

Last updated 18 March 2014

STANDARD 20:45

Good evening and welcome to coverage of the latest in a series of BBC debates ahead of the 18 September Scottish independence referendum.

STANDARD 20:46

The programme, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, comes exactly six months ahead of the historic vote and features, on the the panel: Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney, Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, historian Michael Fry and businesswoman Tessa Hartmann.

STANDARD 20:49

The debate is broadcast on BBC Two Scotland at 21:00. Ahead of that, why not relax by watching the Great British Sewing Bee!

STANDARD 20:50

You can get involved in the debate in several ways. Send your views by texting the word REF and your name to 80295 or email them to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk and on Twitter by using the hashtag #bbcindyref.

STANDARD 20:53

Guy Berryman, Adam Smith and Gordon Brown

Some very famous people have either been born in Kirkcaldy or have spent their formative years there, including economist Adam Smith, former prime minister Gordon Brown and the bass player of Coldplay, Guy Berryman.

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Craig Miller

tweets: Finished my exercising and now ready to sit back and enjoy (if possible) this evenings #bbcindyref

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Ross McCafferty

tweets: The BBC, for all their liveblogs, have nicked my #bbcindyref hashtag. I want payment (in the form of blog shoutouts and/or biscuits)

STANDARD 21:04

The first question from the studio audience comes from Cameron Berwick, a graduate, who asks: "Is today's announcement from Scottish Labour too little, too late?"

STANDARD 21:06

John Swinney says it's welcome that Labour has recognised more powers are needed, but it is a "whimper", compared to the new powers suggested by the party's commission on the issue in the interim report.