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  1. Panellists included Finance Secretary John Swinney and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont
  2. The debate came just a day after Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling clashed in a TV debate
  3. The referendum on Scottish independence takes place on 18 September
  4. Voters in Scotland will be asked: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

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By Marianne Taylor, Graham Fraser and Jamie Ross

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for watching

    Right, that's all from us for now.

    James Cook will be back next week with a live studio audience and a panel of guests from Aberdeen.

    Meantime, you can keep up with all the latest referendum news, view and analysis on the Scotland Decides website.

    See you next week.

  2. Our time is up

    James Cook brings the debate to a close - can that really be an hour since it started?

  3. Get involved


    James Poole: Lots of sense from Charles Kennedy tonight in spelling out the facts to show that Scotland must stay part of the UK.

    Jock Liddell: Joyce McMillan for Scotland's first Prime Minister!

  4. Kennedy worries on future

    Mr Kennedy says it doesn't matter how many barrels of oil are left - an unknown future would, in terms of currency, be a "recipe for disaster".

  5. Swinney's vision for black gold

    Mr Swinney counters that 24bn barrels of oil is realistic according to many industry experts, and says Scotland would not squander future revenues - unlike Westminster.

  6. VIDEO: Sir Ian Wood on Scotland's oil

    The BBC's Douglas Fraser interviewed Sir Ian Wood in October 2012

    Here is the video that Finance Secretary John Swinney was referring to. The oil businessman Sir Ian Wood told BBC Scotland's economy and business editor, Douglas Fraser, in October 2012, that the figures for North Sea oil were huge - with the prospect of a potential 25bn barrels.

    He added that there was still a "massive amount" to come and "we need to have maximised recovery".

  7. Lamont - Oil forecasts too high

    Asked whether Westminster had squandered Scotland's oil assets, Mr Lamont welcomed Ian Wood's contribution to the debate saying the Scottish government's oil forecasts are too high.

    She adds that volatility in oil revenues would have a devastating effect on Scotland's public services.

  8. McMillan on oil

    Joyce McMillan says the idea of oil wealth being a "bad thing" because it is volatile is "ridiculous".

  9. Audience question - Oil

    Time for another audience question.

    The amount of oil to be obtained in the future has been reported with conflicting views. So who is telling the truth?

  10. Background - The currency issue

    Pound notes and coins

    The currency question is still a hot referendum topic - and the BBC's Esther Webber has been delving into the a, b, c and ds of that particular debate.

  11. Kennedy on the pound

    Mr Kennedy says Scotland could use the pound, but it would not be backed by a central bank, which could lead to the country "being stuffed".

    He adds that on day one of an independent Scotland, the international markets would "have you for breakfast, lunch or dinner".

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    Diane Miller: The food banks and increase in poverty are a direct result of Westminster Government's welfare cuts. There is only one way to change it and that's by taking things in to our own hands. Setting our own priorities for a fairer society.

    Jonathan Bridge: Do we really need to risk a huge rift with our closest and neighbours and friends just so that we can prove we can stand on our own feet?

  13. Scotland and the pound

    Ms Lamont says sterlingization is "inconceivable", but appears to admit that "Scotland could use the pound", which Mr Swinney claims goes against the content of her own leaflet.

  14. Euro 'not an option'

    Mr Swinney says the Euro is not an option.

    He claims the 18 month claim on negotiation has been endorsed by constitutional experts, and attacks Ms Lamont over claims that Scotland would not be able to use the pound.

  15. Not that MacDonald

    Tweet using #bbcindyref

    Paul Cairney: Was the crowd laughing at Ronald MacDonald? #bbcindyref

    Maria Cure: Oh reflection, it maybe wasn't great how many people laughed at the mention of Professor Ronald MacDonald's name. #bbcindyref

  16. Currency union would require '10 years of negotiations'

    An economist in the audience, who is undecided on how to vote, says the currency is being used as a "political football" and describes Mr Salmond's response in last night's debate to the issue as "adequate".

    She does, however, say up to 10 years of negotiations would be required, rather than the 18 months claimed by the Scottish government.

  17. Salmond's position on currency 'makes no sense'

    Ms Lamont says Mr Salmond does not have a mandate for the rest of the UK. She says separate countries "owe each other nothing" and that the First Minister's position "makes no sense" and is "very risky" according to economists.

  18. Get involved

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    Karla Brown: Well said Batman! #bbcindyref

    Monica Lennon: Batman guy has a plan b to get himself home. Great. The rest of us still care about the currency credibility gap #bbcindyref #nothanks

  19. Anything but currency

    An audience member asks whether the panel can talk about something else for a change, to the agreement of many.

  20. Swinney on currency union

    Mr Swinney says Mr Salmond set out the Scottish government's position well, adding that a currency union with the rest of the UK would be best for both countries.

    He called the First Minister's performance "very emphatic and very powerful".

  21. Get involved

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    Dave Ellis: If Johann Lamont is so proud of achieved social justice, why do we have food banks? This is a disgrace. Westminster has failed us. It is time for Scotland to take control before a government we did not elect create inequalities which we cannot reverse.

    Anonymous: If we don't have total powers its separation, not independence. If Salmond thinks that is ok he should hang his head in shame and leave my country. He is not fit to be first minister of our country.

  22. Third audience question - Currency

    Third question from the audience: In last night's debate in Glasgow, does the panel think Mr Salmond was able to allay the concerns of the electorate regarding the currency issue?

    Charles Kennedy

    Mr Kennedy goes first, and attacks Mr Salmond's "three Plan Bs". He says Mr Salmond wants a mandate to negotiate a deal on currency, but calls it a "complete ruse", saying it will be the first minister's "downfall".

  23. Lib Dems ridiculed on tuition fees

    The audience cheers as Ms McMillan attacks Mr Kennedy's party's policy for introducing tuition fees in England.

  24. Questions, questions, questions

    Question marks

    As the people of Scotland weigh up how to vote in the independence referendum, they are asking questions on a range of topics from the economy to welfare.

    In a series running up to polling day, BBC correspondents are looking at those major questions and by using statistics, analysis and expert views shining a light on some of the possible answers.

    The issues they have looked at so far include Trident, Scottish economic growth, broadcasting, population, health and UK debt.

  25. Get involved

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    Aaron Carr: Remember this is about constitutional change, control over our own policy, not debate about policy itself #bbcindyref

    Rosey Stuart: #bbcindyref listen to #charleskennedy people.

  26. Lamont - Labour will win 2015 general election

    Johann Lamont counters that Labour will be returned to Westminster in the 2015 general election and will make changes across the UK.

  27. Council tax and further education

    Audience members attack SNP policies on the council tax and further education.

    referendum debate panel

    Joyce McMillan agrees that local government needs radical reform, but says this is not an argument against independence, rather an argument against present policy set by one party.

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    Richard Meehan: Given that our close neighbour, Republic of Ireland, has pioneered an independent route for many years, can the panel comment on what lessons an independent or federal Scotland can learn from their efforts?

    David Easton: If we are better together, could you please ask why when we go down south that we can't spend our Scottish money, even though it's our notes that actually say pounds sterling, unlike bank of England notes that say pounds, why if we are United Kingdom is our money not accepted?

  29. Swinney - SNP is hampered by UK government

    Mr Swinney says the SNP is funding many projects to create jobs in Scotland, but these are hampered by UK government "austerity reforms" which are pushing people into poverty.

  30. Kennedy's New Deal

    Mr Kennedy is next. He says "poverty has been best addressed when politicians get beyond poverty of ambition", and talks of President Roosevelt's New Deal in the US in the 1930s.

    He says there is "no poverty of ambition in Scottish or UK politics".

    No matter the outcome of the referendum, fresh thinking is required, he adds.

  31. 'Radical approach' on poverty

    Ms McMillan says Labour continues to subscribe to neo-liberal ideologies that "enhance poverty", adding that a "much more radical approach" is needed to tackle the problem.

  32. Get involved

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    Matt Frew: Joyce from the Scotsman is the best voice I've heard on #bbcindyref

    Paul Hutcheon: Brutal question by @BBCJamesCook to @JohannLamont on Labour's poverty record #bbcindyref

  33. Have Labour failed Scotland?

    Chairman James Cook asks Ms Lamont whether her political life has therefore been a failure.

  34. Second audience question

    On to the second question: A recent study has shown almost a million Scots are classed as poor. How will a No or a Yes vote address this problem?

    Ms Lamont is first to answer, saying she has been working to make a difference all her political life. She adds that Labour has lifted many people out of poverty and want to return the focus to this after the referendum.

  35. 'A federal United Kingdom'

    Mr Kennedy counters that the country is more likely to "meet Joyce's fair point if Scotland is in the vanguard of a move towards a more sane, federal United Kingdom"

  36. Edinburgh or London?

    Ms McMillan says the underlying question is whether people want decisions made about tax and spending made in Edinburgh or London.

    She says she has changed her view and now believes such decisions should be made in Edinburgh, not because she is "a nationalist, but because I am a social democrat".

  37. Lamont on Swinney's 'promises'

    Ms Lamont says Mr Swinney privately recognises Scotland's financial pressures post-independence, and accuses him of "promising everybody the earth".

    Johann Lamont
  38. Get involved

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    Professor Paul Cairney: Hipster in the audience calls it the Barnette formula #bbcindyref

    Louise Vallance: A much better audience and debate! Some good points being made #bbcindyref

  39. Swinney - More nurses than ever before

    Answering a point from an audience member attacking existing funding levels, Mr Swinney counters that there are currently more nurses in the Scottish NHS than ever before.

    He says Scotland is in a "strong" financial position, and he wants to invest more in public services and "invest in the prosperity of our country".

  40. Kennedy on NHS

    Mr Kennedy says the SNP "can't have it both ways".

  41. Lamont - SNP 'scaremongering' on NHS

    Ms Lamont says the NHS would be in a worse position following independence, and claims the SNP is "scaremongering" on the subject.

  42. 'Choice and trust'

    Joyce McMillan, a supporter of independence, says it is a question of "choice and trust".

    Joyce McMillan

    She says Westminster politicians are not trusted by people, which is why so many are considering independence.

  43. Get involved

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    Independence Ray: Groans for Lamont before she gets through her first sentence. Great! #bbcindyref

    Kevin Hague: Outrageous that Swinney continues to suggest privatisation of provision = reduction in spend; playing on the weak-minded #bbcindyref

    Liam Clachers: Not many tweets tonight. Everyone watching the football instead? #bbcindyref

  44. Johann Lamont on NHS privatisation

    Johann Lamont, who also supports a "No" vote, says a Labour government does not support privatisation of the NHS and would make sure this didn't happen if elected at Westminster.

    She says there will be a £6bn deficit in funding should Scotland vote for independence.

  45. Get involved

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    Yang Guang: Got so much respect for mr swinney. Level head. Safe hands. #bbcindyref

    Sam F: First lie from @JohnSwinney. His govt uses private companies. #bbcindyref

  46. Kennedy says Swinney's NHS claims are "rubbish"

    Charles Kennedy, who supports a "No" vote, says calls Mr Swinney's claims "utter rubbish".

    BBC referendum debate

    He says independence will mean a loss of the Barnett Formula, which will have a huge impact on NHS budgets.

  47. NHS - Analysis


  48. John Swinney on the NHS

    John Swinney, who supports independence, says the NHS is devolved but can be taken in a "different direction" to the NHS in England.

    But, he says, Scotland is currently not in control of the overall budget, thus can still be affected by Westminster policy decisions.

    He says a 7.2% real terms reduction in funding from Westminster results in more pressure on the health service funding in Scotland.

  49. First Question

    Right, we're off.

    The first question from the audience at Leith Academy is: "Are the SNP trying to mislead the public over the NHS?"

  50. Hot topics

    Tonight's panellists will answer questions from a live studio audience.

    In light of last night's Salmond vs Darling debate, we can expect the currency of an independent Scotland, oil revenues and the future of the NHS to feature.

  51. Who has the momentum?

    Mr Salmond claimed "motivation, morale and momentum" were with the "Yes" campaign after a poll taken just after the debate showed 71% thought he had performed best.

    Perhaps not surprisingly, Mr Darling did not agree, saying the momentum was with Better Together.

  52. Big week

    With just over three weeks until voters go to the polls on 18 September, both sides of the debate have been stepping up the pace as the campaign enters the final phase.

    This week's biggest event was undoubtedly last night's TV debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and Better Together leader Alistair Darling.

  53. Watch live

    The debate kicks off at 21:00.

    You can see it here, using the live stream at the top of the page, and viewers in Scotland can watch it on BBC Two Scotland.

  54. Welcome

    Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of tonight's referendum debate from Edinburgh.

    BBC Scotland's James Cook chairs a panel of guests which includes Finance Secretary John Swinney, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy and journalist Joyce McMillan, who writes for the Scotsman.