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  1. Darling denies No campaign 'panic'
  2. Poll suggests Yes side has taken the lead
  3. Chancellor promises timetable for further devolution
  4. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  5. Voters will answer the question: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Live Reporting

By Marianne Taylor, Bryan Quinn, Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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Bryan Quinn

BBC Scotland News

That's all from the Referendum Live team today. We'll be back from from 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you all of the latest news and commentary as the countdown to the 18 September poll continues.

What do you think?


Joe Harrower: The No campaign appears to be pulling in three different directions. If the three main parties involved in the NO campaign can't unify behind one message and one set of offerings, how can the expect the voters to believe in their unity? How can they sell the message of "Better Together" when they are obviously NOT together?

Graham Hall: Should the Scots vote for independence I hope that they are able to stop blaming every woe on Westminster politics and look to their own policies and practices instead.

Their future may be better or worse than compared to the remainder of the UK, but its generally acknowledged there will be no going back if things go sour, so its vital that people think carefully about this but then go and vote.

George Kennedy: I've been a Labour supporter all my working life (39 years) and as in 1979 (when we were conned and subjected to similar fears) I will be voting 'Yes' as I want Scotland to have a socialist government, something that has been largely missing from my life.

Timetable agreed

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Downing Street say they welcome, and are content with, the proposed timetable for further devolution outlined by Gordon Brown. #indyref

Drawing parallels with Quebec: Your reaction


Michael: this is starting to really resemble the quebec referendum (narrow yes lead and everyone freaks out).

Iain Docherty: For months (years) I've been predicting #indyref would be a rerun of Quebec 1995. Just get the result the other way round this time please.

Simon H: Quebec referendum in 1995, "yes" had a lead of 6%pts going into the vote, but "no" won by 1.2% with a massive turnout of 93.5%.

What you are reading about

The three most popular topics on the Scotland Decides index today are:


Economy and Currency


Pensions and Welfare


EU Membership

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Currency union cost

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GD in Lancashire: In the event of a Yes vote aren't English, Welsh and NI taxpayers entitled to be aware exactly what a Currency Union could cost us if the Scottish economy goes belly up?

Salmond seems to insinuate that its the best solution for all, but I'm struggling to see how. The Bank of England being lender of last resort, we would end up bailing them out regardless.

Act of union

Andrew Black

Political reporter, BBC Scotland

The boss of Gretna Green's famous wedding venue has urged people to vote against independence in the up-coming referendum.

Alasdair Houston, who owns the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, just inside the Scottish border, said First Minister Alex Salmond had done more to get Scotland's voice heard than anyone, but argued the nation would be too dependent on oil.

Gretna Green was traditionally a destination for young couples eloping from England, and remains a popular wedding venue to this day.

It has also been visited many times by journalists keen to use its imagery as a backdrop for the independence debate!

New BBC Scotland TV schedule

Monday 8 September to Wednesday 17 September

BBC One Scotland

Referendum Breakfast - Extended Reporting Scotland bulletin just before 8.00 am

Reporting Scotland - 6.30-7.30pm: extended bulletins

The One Show - Moves to late evening, check listings for details, or watch live on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Two Scotland

Scotland 2014 - Moves to the earlier time of 10.00pm

Thoughts on the debate


Dr Mark Bland emailed: I wonder if those people who are considering ticking the yes box realise that, after the initial first wave of nationalistic triumphalism, the rationale for the SNP will disappear and that the politics of Scotland will mutate with the revival of the political centre-right.

This will happen much more quickly in Scotland than the equivalent shift to the left in England because they will lose their subsidisation from the Bartlett agreement. An independent Scotland cannot hedge everything against a finite resource (oil) that is being depleted.

If the result of independence is that Scotland embraces innovation and a low tax structure that makes it highly competitive, then it could be argued that this outcome would be a very good thing.

Martin Cannell emailed: I believe that a yes vote for Scotland could be the best option for everyone. If the result is a no vote, the discontent of the Scottish people will rumble on for months, if not years.

I believe that a yes vote will create some friendly competition, and may act as a catalyst for both sides to "up their game" in their international status, which should benefit everyone.

Scotland Decides

For detailed background, analysis and the latest developments in the referendum debate visit the

Scotland Decides index.

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Coming up on Reporting Scotland

Laura Bicker

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

tweets: Tonight on Reporting Scotland we're live in Galashiels. Passion and voter conversions as the two sides battle for the Border #indyref

What will happen about...?

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Gary in Leicestershire: If Scotland becomes non-British will citizens of Scotland cease to be eligible for UK honours such as Knighthoods and Dame honours?

Billy Drummond: I am a Scot living in England for the last 52 Yrs and am against the breakup of the union . What I would like to know is, if the yes camp win can I get a English passport?

Twitter reaction to more powers pledge

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Jo O: Westminster need to waken up, stop throwing gifts at Scotland and get Englands electorate fairly represented... #bbcindyref

Peter Kiernan: There is a wider debate to be had for the 'rest' if there is a no vote on the implications of Devolution Max for the rest of us #bbcindyref

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Peter S in Glasgow: Why is the Better Together campaign only now offering is a timetable for devolution? I'm a postal voter and have already voted. This may have changed my decision one way or another and feel it's quite unfair only to mention this now when it seems they are loosing the voters.

Will Lucas: I don't understand how the SNP are advocating independence as a way of gaining more control for Scotland over its own affairs, while also saying they want a currency union, which would leave Scotland in a similar relationship with England as that which Greece enjoys with Germany.

Pete Smith, East Sussex: I don't understand how Scotland can decide on its future, via the Yes / No referendum, when there are no clear answers to ALL the questions regarding the impact of Yes / No. Surely we (the UK) should demand the referendum be postponed until all the answers are known?

An opposing view


Ian MacVicar commented: I would like to point out to Jamie (15:43) that if Scotland had been independent back at the start of the financial crisis, the Scottish banks would have crashed out of existence and we would all be as poor as church mice!

The first indyref commandment

Christians For Independence have posted on their

Facebook page

"TODAY'S SERMON: Love thy neighbour! This photo is another reminder of how our referendum campaign has been overwhelming positive, peaceful and, at times, quite funny"

Yes and No campaigners can still be neighbourly
Christians for Independence

Your emails


Jim Steele emailed: It cost us nearly half a billion to build Holyrood. Imagine how much it would cost to build the infrastructure of a new country. Scary.

Alan Gray emailed: We all know that Westminster won't deliver all the promises, so it's time we took matters into our own hands. We can do this if we all work together.

What do the polls mean?

Analysis from Anthony Reuben, Head of Statistics at BBC News

"We've seen a great deal of attention given over the weekend to a poll from YouGov printed in the Sunday Times, which put the 'Yes' campaign ahead by 51% to 49%, excluding the don't knows.

"The first thing to say is that we should not get too excited about a single poll - another poll from Panelbase, for example, still puts the 'No' campaign ahead.

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"The second thing is that one-off, yes or no elections present peculiar difficulties for pollsters, as the Alternate Voting System referendum in 2011 showed."

Read more analysis from

Anthony Reuben, the Head of Statistics at BBC News, who explores what the latest polls mean on the independence referendum debate.

Brown to reveal devolution timetable

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce plans for further devolution at the Scottish Parliament during a speech in Midlothian tonight.

At the Loanhead Miners' Welfare Club, Mr Brown will say a new Scotland Act will give Holyrood wider powers over finance, welfare and taxation.

Mr Brown said work will start on implementing the plans on 19 September - the day after the referendum vote. The next key points for Mr Brown's plans are:

  • October 2014: A command paper published by the present government setting out all the proposals for change
  • November 2014: Following a period of discussion and consultation with civic society the heads of agreement in the form of white paper or equivalent document
  • January 2015: Draft clauses for legislation as the new Scotland Bill

Mr Brown is expected to say: "For me, the status quo is not now on the ballot paper. The choice on September 18th is between more power for the Scottish Parliament within the UK or separation by leaving the UK.

"And for me the choice is clear - between a stronger Scottish Parliament and an irreversible no-going-back separatism."

Thoughts from elsewhere in the UK


Mike from Kent: I am happy with the democratic processes, whatever the outcome of the independence vote. I do, however, believe that the promise of further devolved powers to Holyrood should have occurred at the time that David Cameron agreed to the independence referendum. Westminster's offer of further devolution looks improvised. Deal or no deal? I think Scots will overwhelmingly vote 'Yes', but they won't know what the SNP have put into their 'box' for years.

Deryck Cheyne from Norfolk: I have kept out of the independence debate up until now as being a disenfranchised Scot living in England of 40-plus year's vintage, I felt powerless to contribute. This would not be a clean divorce! Why should the rest of the UK accept meekly allowing the pound to be used as the independence coinage as if they are the guilty party in the split up? The Pound has weakened today - that is the start of disruption that will increase dramatically if the Nationalists look like winning.

Mike Price-James from Cheshire: If Alex Salmond is so determined to get Scotland's fair 8% of UK's assets, does that not mean that the rest of the UK will get 92% of Scotland's assets? From a Welshman living in England, it seems that this supposed split of belongings is very one sided and very Salmond-centric, in fact this whole debate is Salmond-centric.

Tim in Leeds: All I can say is go for it but please take your share of the debt and stop cherry picking what you would like to keep and leave behind. And remember this would tip us all back into recession.

Warming up...

Sarah Smith prepares to interview shadow chancellor Ed Balls in Aberdeen for tonight's Scotland 2014.

Sarah Smith and Ed Balls

You can watch the programme at 22:00 on BBC Two Scotland or the

BBC iPlayer.

Thoughts on email


Jamie from Edinburgh wrote in and said: Look at this from a different perspective...if we were already independent and the vote was to join the UK then how would we vote? What would be the argument? Very much doubt the Better Together campaign could convince us that handing over the majority of our power to another country where we would have a minority stake is the best option for Scotland.

Heather Marritt emailed: Salmond says the Tories ruined Scotland, but he forgets to tell the Scottish people that in 1979 his parties 11 votes brought down the Labour Government. This resulted in 18 years of Thatcher - thanks to the SNP.

'Together, yes - but scarcely chums'

Read Brian Taylor's analysis of the Better Together campaign, the morning after a poll suggested the Yes campaign were narrowly ahead for the first time in the Scottish independence referendum debate.

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Your emails


Michael from Greenock: The no campaign are obsessed with asking Alex Salmond to predict what will happen after a Yes vote. It is easier to predict what will happen after a no vote - a Con/UKIP government which will be a disaster for Scotland particularly poor and young people. We must vote Yes to protect Scotland's future.

Jon: I work in a call centre that has a UK Government contract that clearly states it must remain within the UK. If Scotland gains independence then I will be out of a job. Will Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon find me and my colleagues a new one?

Queen 'neutral'

Buckingham Palace has insisted the Queen remains neutral on the issue of Scottish independence, despite a number of newspapers reporting her apparent concern about a "Yes" vote.

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Time difference and Tunnocks


Chris Jones: If Scotland leaves the UK will we be able to stop changing our clocks for the sake of Hebridean dairy farmers?

Ballotelli's Wellies: If Scotland's exit from the UK causes a rise in the cost of Tunnocks tea cakes, then I'll be livid

Tonight at 10pm

Tune in this evening for a packed

Scotland 2014 at the new regular referendum slot of 22:00.

Scotland 2014

Presenter Sarah Smith will be speaking to Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, actor and Yes campaigner Alan Cumming and Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney.

Sturgeon: 'Negativity not working'

The "relentlessly negative tactics" of the No campaign "appear to be failing", according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Campaigning in Glasgow with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, the deputy first minister said momentum in the run-up to next week's referendum was now with the Yes side.

Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood

She claimed increasing numbers of women and Labour supporters were moving to Yes.

"The reason for that is they want the same as I want - greater social justice, the ability to protect our public services, to invest in the health service not nuclear weapons and to be in charge of the decisions that shape our country," she said.

Too much or too little?

Martyn McLaughlin, senior reporter at The Scotsman,

tweets: Sense of shock in UK press coverage #indyref palpable this morning, the natural response to issue that's been underreported for two years.

But Scotland on Sunday's Siobhan Synnot disagrees,

tweeting: But overreported to the point of psychosis up here, marginalising other issues.

Your texts

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Dennis: The No camp have panicked over the latest poll showing a Yes lead. If they were truthful in saying they were always going to give us more powers, they would have got together and detailed them especially before many have already voted by postal ballot.

Charlie C: When some of us have already voted is it correct for so much credence to be given to the polls which only reflect the opinion of 1000 people?

Kenny: Why are the media only going off the You Gov poll? There are 4 or 5 other polls who all have the no campaign well ahead, in fact even the SNP's own poll has the no campaign ahead.

Cumming's comment


The BBC's James Cook asked actor and independence campaigner Alan Cumming, who lives in the US, what the referendum had to do with him. He replied: "What's it got to do with David Cameron?"

Here's what you think of his comments:

Derek Murray: Other than currently being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

Derek Morrison: Good question. Asinine reply.

Katy: Because an actor who has US residence has such an important voice in debate???

Roboscot: Good answer.

Devil: Did you ask Mick Jagger and Bob Geldof the same question?

Darling and Swinney on Today

On this morning's Today programme, Alistair Darling said he was confident Better Together would win while John Swinney stated the no campaign were panicking.

You can listen to both

Darling and
Swinney from the BBC Radio 4 show.

A view from the States

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman has written an article on Scottish independence in the New York Times in which he warns that the "risks of going it alone are huge".

He also claims: "You may think that Scotland can become another Canada, but it's all too likely that it would end up becoming Spain without the sunshine."

Read the article.

Your views

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

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Samuel Wright emailed: I have been watching this debate for several months from New Zealand and Alex Salmond still hasn't made a convincing case for leaving the UK. All that he has been telling the Scottish people and the rest of the world is how awesome Scotland is and how awesome it would be to become an independent nation. We have always known how awesome Scotland is and you can't run a nation on that. New Zealand has been running on awesomeness for years and it has remained stagnant with next to little growth, but our government still insists that we shouldn't worry about that because we live in New Zealand and it is awesome. Please vote no in your upcoming referendum. You have influenced the world while still being part of the UK. Be proud of that.

Isaac Durojaiye emailed: I strongly believe that "independence" is the greatest thing in the life of an individual and even a nation. This is the time - our opportunity. Don't be afraid of challenges that come up with changes, we will surmount them, such as the issue of currency or joining of EU. Our economy will not shrink but GROW because we have the resources. Don't entertain any word of fear from the "NO" campaign but believe in yourself as a Scot - "the industrious Scot". Together we will make Scotland a great nation.

Reporting from Galashiels

The BBC's referendum correspondent Laura Bicker speaks to voters and local politicians in Galashiels. See more on Reporting Scotland at 18:30.

Laura Bicker

Scotland divided?

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Pauline said: No matter who wins the Scottish debate Alex Salmond will be guilty of dividing Scotland as the voting result will be very close and it is totally unrealistic to assume that life will return as normal after the result. Half of Scotland will be unhappy and disgruntled, to say nothing of how the English will react to a referendum they have had no voice on.

John in Pitlochry: Whichever way the vote goes, I hope it is by a sizeable majority. An extremely narrow difference will just mean more bitterness and wrangling in what is already an extremely divisive debate, even among family and friends.

Sturgeon's Welsh ally

The SNP have

tweeted this picture of Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon campaigning in Glasgow with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood on campaign trail in Glasgow


Nick Robinson

Political editor

On the morning after the poll before, "Vote No and get something better" summed up George Osborne's message. It's a tried and trusted message which worked in the independence referendum in Quebec when a last minute poll lead for Yes was transformed into a narrow No. It is, though, a message with a difficult history in Scotland.

Thirty five years ago it was precisely what Scots were told when they were voting in a referendum on a much more modest proposal - to create a Scottish Parliament with some devolved powers. What they got soon afterwards was 18 years of Margaret Thatcher's government and no devolution at all (until, that is, Labour were re-elected in 1997).

That is just one reason why Osborne's promise of a plan to transfer new powers to Holyrood - covering tax raising, spending and benefits - caused such confusion yesterday. It is why Alex Salmond felt able to attack it as a sign of "panic" on the No side.

The other reason is that the three rival Westminster parties - the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats - have not agreed a plan for which precise powers to devolve. Each party has published its own set of proposals which overlap in the areas Osborne listed.