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Summary

  1. Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to visit Scotland tomorrow
  2. Former prime minister Gordon Brown heads further devolution plans
  3. Labour, Lib Dems and Tories back Brown timetable
  4. Alex Salmond says No campaign "falling apart at the seams"
  5. The latest poll says vote too close to call
  6. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September
  7. Voters will answer the question: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Live Reporting

By Steven Brocklehurst, Bryan Quinn, Graham Fraser and Marianne Taylor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Marianne Taylor

    BBC Scotland news

    Right, that's all for today from the referendum Live team. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news from both sides of the campaign, as well as reaction and expert analysis.

    Until then, you can keep up with the latest developments on the Scotland Decides website or listen in to Referendum Tonight on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW and DAB.

  2. Your views

    #bbcindyref

    @Rogermare: Like end of bad marriage - 3 Westminster stooges rush over with chocs flowers & promises: no detail too little too late.

    @Nevermore: Salmond & Co will destroy Scotland just to get a mention in the history books. Save Scotland Vote No.

  3. Carney response

    The two sides of the campaign have been responding to Bank of England governor Mark Carney's comments earlier today that "a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty".

    For the union, Better Together leader Alistair Darling said: "Mark Carney has confirmed what we have been saying all along - a currency union is not compatible with sovereignty.

    "It would mean what would then be a foreign country having control over our economy. That's why a currency union would be bad for Scotland, as well as the rest of the UK."

    For the pro-independence campaign, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "Successful independent countries such as France, Germany, Finland and Austria all share a currency - and they are in charge of 100% of their tax revenues, as an independent Scotland would be.

    "At present, under devolution, Scotland controls only 7% of our revenues."

  4. A question of sport

    Tonight at 22:00 on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mark Pougatch looks at how the outcome of the referendum could affect sport in Scotland.

    He'll be joined by Michael Stewart, who won four caps for Scotland and played for both Hibs and Hearts, and Lynsey Sharp, below, who won silver for Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Both will reveal on air which campaign they are backing.

    Lynsey Sharp

    Also taking part will be former first minister Henry McLeish, who wrote a report on the state of Scottish football.

    You can listen to the programme here.

  5. Video - Nick Robinson on PMQs

    Watch the BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson give analysis on the decision by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to miss Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow so they can campaign in Scotland.

    Nick Robinson
  6. Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Alan Black: These are real desperate measures from Better Together. Nothing new offered. No cross party agreements on anything other than the 'promise to talk about things'. Scots remember the last time similar bribes were made to fool us into saying no to devolution. The result was not a single power granted followed by years of misery from Thatcher. We won't get fooled again.

    Mark Watson: Alex Salmond is becoming increasingly smug and arrogant as we get closer to the 18th. His quarter truths and smear tactics aided by Murdoch seem to have chimed with some - this may be his undoing. He is acting like it's his country and no-one else is allowed a contrary opinion.

  7. Welsh warning

    The Labour First Minister of Wales has called on Scots to resist the "siren call" of independence and the nationalists' "promise of a socialist utopia post-separation".

    Carwyn Jones said some Labour voters could vote Yes in a bid to "break the shackles of a Tory-led Westminster government".

    But he called on them to consider if "solidarity" could be achieved by Scotland "walking away from friends, neighbours and partners".

    With just over a week to go until voters in Scotland decide if the country is to remain in the UK, Mr Jones travelled to Edinburgh to join the referendum campaign.

  8. Symbolism and pragmatism

    Brian Taylor

    Political editor, Scotland

    Symbolism all around.

    Behind the three pro-Union Scottish party leaders, the Holyrood Parliament.

    Scottish Parliament leaders

    Beyond, in the distance, Calton Hill where they previously declared their joint support for more devolved power.

    And the first minister?

    On the steps of St Giles - the High Kirk, an iconic centre-piece in Scotland's long history, not least in 1637 when Jenny Geddes protested against the use of the Anglican prayer book by hurling a stool at the minister.

    Read Brian's full blog.

  9. Approval ratings

    Asked whether he thought that politicians whose personal approval ratings were so low could aid the campaign, Mr McDougall of Better Together said: "Politicians and political leaders come and go. This is about a constitutional settlement that should last for the next 300 years, just as our current one has abided for three centuries."

  10. 'Broad consensus'

    Leader of the Better Together campaign Blair McDougall told Newsdrive: "We are offering what the people of Scotland want.

    "They want decisions made in Scotland but without taking the huge economic risks of leaving the UK.

    "The package of powers has been set out long in advance. The party leaders in the spring came together around a broad consensus on tax and welfare. That has already been established.

    "What we are doing is giving a clear timetable on how we will deliver on that promise."

  11. 'Least trusted politicians'

    Scottish government minister Derek MacKay, representing the Yes campaign, told BBC Scotland's Newsdrive programme he was not frightened by the prospect of pro-union party leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg descending on Scotland to campaign for a No vote tomorrow.

    "They happen to be some of the least trusted politicians in Scotland," he said.

    "This is a panic. This is a reaction to the fact that the grassroots momentum in the Yes campaign has galvanised many of the people of Scotland.

    "Cancelling Prime Minister's Questions is one thing, what we would rather they would cancel is the programme of austerity or the privatisation of the NHS."

  12. More powers

    The three main pro-union parties have said Scotland will get more powers if it votes No in the independence referendum, with a new fast-track timetable set out.

    But the three parties have made different pledges on what those powers will be.

    In brief

    • Labour said MSPs should be able to vary tax by up to 15p, giving them the option of restoring the 50p rate for top earners. They would also be able to cut the 45p rate but only if the basic rate was cut as well.
    • Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Scotland should be given full income tax powers
    • Under the Liberal Democrats' Scottish "home rule" vision, Holyrood would raise and spend most of its own taxes and borrow on its own terms.
  13. Leaders head north

    David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are making the biggest "blunder" yet of the pro-UK campaign by making a last minute trip to Scotland ahead of next week's independence referendum, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

    The SNP leader hit out after it was announced the Prime Minister and Labour leader are to miss Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow to come to Scotland in a bid to drum up support for the union.

    The Scottish First Minister claimed: "The message of this extraordinary, last minute reaction is that the Westminster elite are in a state of absolute panic as the ground in Scotland shifts under their feet."

    In a joint statement the Tory leader, the Labour leader and the Liberal Democrat leader said they wanted to be out "listening and talking to voters" about the choice they face on 18 September.

  14. Flying the flag

    Here's a better picture of the Saltire being raised above UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office in the run-up to next week's referendum on independence.

    The process was not without problems, with the Scottish flag initially making it part of the way up the flagpole before falling down.

    saltire
  15. Got a question?

    Eleanor Bradford

    BBC Scotland Health Correspondent

    Light blubs
    • In a series running up to polling day, I and my fellow BBC colleagues are looking at the major referendum questions and by using statistics, analysis and expert views shining a light on some of the possible answers.
  16. Get involved

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Viv Rushworth: I am sickened and saddened by the actions of the Better Together campaign and the UK government regards the goalposts being shifted in this debate. Thousands of people have cast their postal vote on the information available to them at that time, only to learn of additional proposals now. Dirty tactics, dishonest campaigning. I personally feel my vote has been devalued. Shame on you.

    Bob Dutnall: This wake up call from the politicians is certainly very late, but no-one really thought the Scottish people would be unwise enough to retreat into 'little Scotland', led by someone who is selling them snake oil (or crude oil in this case) that he doesn't have. The latest polls seem to show that they might, after all, be unwise enough to do this, although with over 20% undecided, the traditional Scottish canniness may yet emerge.

  17. English voting in Scotland

    There are almost half a million English people in Scotland - and most of them want to remain in the union.

    But polls suggest one in four will vote for Scottish independence, with some actively campaigning to end the union. The BBC's Vanessa Barford investigates.

    Scottish independence referendum
  18. Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Glenn McAuley: 23% of Scots still don't know which way they will vote, despite the fact that the campaign has been running for two years. Yet Alex Salmond believes an independent Scotland would be the best educated country on the planet.

    Andrew MacGregor: Why should I believe the promises of all three Westminster party leaders to bring in further powers for a devolved Scottish government after the 2015 general election given their record of broken manifesto commitments?

  19. 'Fleeing Westminster'

    Scottish National Party MP Pete Wishart said Prime Minister David Cameron, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband were "fleeing" Westminster in a "blind panic" to campaign in Scotland tomorrow.

    The trio announced in a joint statement they will be campaigning in Scotland for a No vote in the independence referendum, with Prime Minister's Questions now featuring Commons Leader William Hague and Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman.

    MPs at the House of Commons heard that Speaker John Bercow was informed about the absence of the three leaders from tomorrow's PMQs session after a joint statement was issued at noon.

  20. Westminster calls

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg have been criticised for not informing MPs about their proposals for further devolution for Scotland.

    Speaker John Bercow insisted there is nothing to stop a government minister from making a statement to the House of Commons, as calls emerged for further information.

    Conservative MP Christopher Chope said if the UK government was "genuinely keen" to share details with MPs then there was still time to do so today.

  21. Post update

    Robert Peston

    Economics editor

    So I am told Carney means neither rUK or Scotland would remain properly sovereign nations if Sc goes indie & we have currency union. Hmmm

  22. Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    David W McKay: Mr Carney says that a currency union requires the loss of a certain amount of sovereignty but whatever sort of union you enter to requires some loss of sovereignty. The UK ceded lots of powers to the EU when it joined. Did the ceding of those powers mean that joining the EU was bad for the UK? It then comes down to an assessment of whether the gains outweigh the losses, and that will be the same for Scotland if it voted for independence.

    Colin Jack: Ceding of the powers required as part of a currency union have already been recognised and form part of the "Yes" campaign's overall currency plan.

    Nicola Walters: Surely a high proportion of Scots realise that Alex Salmond has offered them nothing but lies (for example the "Stop the NHS being privatised" argument) and empty promises (such as his insistence Scotland would keep the pound). Scots are intelligent people, so why haven't more of them realised that staying within the United Kingdom is the only viable option? Every logical argument is against Scottish independence.

  23. Flying the flag

    The Saltire has been raised over Downing Street, though a lack of wind seems to be a problem.

    Saltire at Downing Street
  24. Get involved

    #bbcindyref

    David Henry: It's like a bus timetable without any buses. #bbcindyref

    Robert Markless: After the Scottish Referendum what will be the point of the SNP if the Scots vote Yes? #bbcindyref

  25. Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    David Munro: I have asked the nationalists on numerous occasion one simple question, which is "why do you want to make your largest trading partner a competitor?" I have never received an answer.

    Angela Robertson: It is embarrassing to witness the feeble efforts of the No campaign in the last couple of days where they are trying to address the independence vote potentially "breaking up Britain".

    The stable door has been open for a while and the horses have well and truly bolted. Flying flags, making vague promises and charging up to Scotland en masse will only alienate a disenfranchised Scottish electorate even further.

  26. The monarchy

    First Minister Alex Salmond has said the Queen "will be proud" to be the monarch of an independent Scotland.

    The SNP leader dismissed press reports that Her Majesty was concerned about the prospect of Scottish independence.

    First Minister and Queen

    He said he had an audience with the Queen at Balmoral Castle two weeks ago but would not say what was discussed.

  27. 'Breath of fresh air'

    Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB, described Mark Carney's comments as "a breath of fresh air".

    He added: "People keep talking about whether there is a Plan B or Plan C, but there aren't any, because it is incompatible, as the governor has made clear."

  28. Carney on currency union

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said that "a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty".

    Mr Carney made the comment in a question and answer session at the TUC Congress in Liverpool.

    Mark Carney

    The comments echo a speech the Bank of England governor made in Edinburgh in January, when he said: "A durable, successful currency union requires some ceding of national sovereignty."

  29. Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Scott Christian: With attention on the new powers being drawn up by Westminster and the uncertainty with what those powers will be, everyone is forgetting the enormous uncertainty associated with an independent Scotland. At least with a No vote we can be certain for more powers, a Yes vote still has uncertainty on basic concerns such as currency, defence and pensions.

    Anne McGregor: The PM has been "invited" on numerous occasions to come to Scotland to debate with the FM. Why is he only putting in a token appearance now? Because he has woken up to the fact that the Scots may choose their own destiny. This shows the arrogance of the Westminster establishment. Devo-max could have been offered at the outset but wasn't. This is too little too late.

  30. What do you think?

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Adam Burley: 'Politician promises…'. Is this not an oxymoron?

    Martin Cannell: Why on Earth are we giving Scotland more powers just to keep them in the United Kingdom? They either want independence or not. Cameron, Brown etc are just campaigning for popularity and canvassing because of the forthcoming general election. Scotland cannot have its cake and eat it.

  31. Downing Street to fly Saltire

    Downing Street will raise the Saltire flag this afternoon, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to Scotland tomorrow.

  32. Counting the votes

    BBC Scotland's Jackie Bird has been speaking to the chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly about the organisational challenge she faces.

    Mary Pitcaithly

    The referendum is expected to have Scotland's highest ever voter turnout.

    Once polling places close and votes are counted, it will Ms Pitcaithly's job to formally announce the legally-binding result.

  33. 'I speak as prime minister'

    Mr Cameron was asked if cancelling Prime Minister's Questions, rushing through plans to devolve more powers to Scotland and raising the Saltire over Downing Street were not desperate last-ditch moves by the No campaign.

    He was asked: If Scotland does vote for independence, can you stay as prime minister?

    Mr Cameron said: "I care passionately about the United Kingdom and I want to do everything I can to put the arguments in front of the people. In the end it is for the Scottish people to decide. But I want them to know that the rest of the United Kingdom, and I speak as prime minister, want them to stay."

  34. Saltire in Liverpool

    As we reported earlier, Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the Saltire to be flown across the UK.

    Scottish flag in Liverpool

    Here's Mr Miliband and Liverpool's Labour mayor Joe Anderson pictured with the flag.

  35. Get involved

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    Paul Gillon in Fife: Well well, nothing changes. 1979 "vote no and we'll give you better devolution." Tory Alec Douglas Hume 2014 -10 days to the vote. "Vote No and we'll give you better devolution" Gordon Brown et al. No wonder Westminster is not trusted.

    Anon: What happens if a hung parliament produces a Ukip coalition who have not signed up for more devolution?

    Donald Booth: As a Scottish Conservative voter, I find it hugely frustrating and disgusting that the Yes campaign constantly dismisses our vote as irrelevant. Alex Salmond and the Yes campaign constantly state that they speak for the Scottish people. Even worse they tell each demographic group in Scotland what they want to hear regardless of reality.

  36. Post update

    Norman Smith

    Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    Government sources say voters like it when politicians put aside their differences and nowhere, frankly, is that seen more clearly than in the role given to Gordon Brown.

    We now have a situation where the man David Cameron replaced as prime minister is, by and large, fronting the campaign to save the union which, in time, may save David Cameron's neck.

    So these two men who were at loggerheads, personally and politically, are having to work together to keep the union.

  37. Post update

    Norman Smith

    Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    I don't think the three leaders will be seen together in Scotland tomorrow.

    Speaking to one Downing Street person, his phrase was "they will spread the magic around".

    What he means by that is that they will make their own pitches to their own constituencies.

    So, you won't see David Cameron having to make the case with Ed Miliband to some miners in Scotland's heartlands and you won't see Ed Miliband having to make his case to a bowling club in Morningside.

  38. Post update

    Norman Smith

    Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    No doubt the nationalists will pick on the fact the Westminster party leaders will not campaign together.

    They will say 'they are coming up here but they can't even get up on the same platform together, they are still at sixes and sevens'.

    There is an element of risk of course because the danger is they can be portrayed as suddenly parachuting into Scotland at the last minute to tell people what to think.

    But the view of all three party leaders is that the risk is outweighed by fact of being perceived to be coming together, that sense of unity, that sense of the importance that all three party leaders attach to the issue of keeping Scotland in the union.

    [They think this is] so important they are willing to set aside the main parliamentary event of the week, Prime Minister's Questions.

  39. 'We want you to stay'

    The prime minister also told the BBC Mr Miliband and Mr Clegg would have their own ways of explaining why they thought Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom.

    "One thing I'm sure we'll all say is that it is a matter for people in Scotland to decide, but we want you to stay," Mr Cameron said.

  40. PM: 'Scotland is right place to be'

    All three main pro-union party leaders will be heading to Scotland tomorrow. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will be giving their backing to the plan to give more powers to the Scottish Parliament following a No vote in the referendum.

    Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC News Channel: "Let's be frank, there's a lot that the political leaders disagree about - but there is one thing we all agree about passionately and that is that our United Kingdom is better off if we stay together.

    David Cameron

    "So tomorrow the right place to be is not at Westminster at Prime Minister's Questions, it is being in Scotland, listening to people, talking to people."

  41. Robert Peston's blog

    It has been a key 48 hours in the referendum campaign. The BBC's economics editor Robert Peston reflects on events and asks if an independent Scotland could compete with Westminster on tax.

    Tax return
  42. Cameron on Facebook

    Following news that he and Ed Miliband will not appear at tomorrow's Prime Minister's Questions session from Westminster, David Cameron has taken to Facebook to express his support for the union.

    David Cameron Facebook
  43. Post update

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have agreed to cancel their weekly Question Time clash in the Commons to travel to Scotland tomorrow.

  44. No parties' offer - your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Gordon Urquart: The Calman Commission was formed in 2008, the subsequent Scotland Act Mark II received Royal Assent in 2012 and all the new powers will not be in place till 2016. Eight years! If they're offering Devo Max now, why did Cameron omit it from the ballot paper? I am struggling to understand their logic. I can only think that they are taking Scots for fools.

    Geoff, Killin: Latest poll has 23% undecided. One look at the markets should make the next step obvious. If we vote Yes, the whole of the UK faces 18 months of uncertainty that will plunge us back into recession. And by the way, who seriously believes you can separate two countries in 18 months? Uncertainty will persist for 3-5 years. It just isn't worth it.

  45. Miliband: Fly Saltire across UK

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the Scottish flag to be flown across towns and cities in the United Kingdom in a message of the support for Scotland remaining in the union.

    Ed Miliband

    Speaking to the BBC News Channel from Liverpool, he said: "We want to send a very clear message to the people of Scotland - please stay with us because we believe we are stronger together.

    "To the people of Scotland - this is your referendum, but we want you to know that we think we are stronger with you in the United Kingdom."

  46. 'Could they patronise us any more?'

    Asked if he thought Gordon Brown's timetable would persuade undecided voters, Dr Ross said: "I really don't think so. There is a timetable being presented which involves both St Andrews Day and Burns Day. Could they patronise us any more?

    "We had the three leaders of the Scottish Parliament unionist parties there, none of whom can do anything because this needs to be delivered by Westminster. I personally am unconvinced the Conservative Party in the House of Commons will stick to this timetable."

  47. No parties' offer - your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Brian Geddes: So we are getting new powers, but we don't know what they are. We will have to wait until at least November to find out, and then Jan 2015 for a proposal, then until after the general election before (if?) the Westminster government approves. So, we are expected to vote No on ifs, maybes and unknowns. I have heard all this before.

    Hughie MacNeil, Oban: This is not White Paper v White Paper. This is a White Paper which has been published and scrutinised over the past few months against a mythical White Paper that may be published two months AFTER the vote!

    Jill McNicol: Is this more serious? Do the UK government know the result of the postal votes so far and that is creating the panic?

  48. 'So-called new powers'

    Dr Ross added: "If the Labour Party and others had really wanted to put these new powers before the Scottish people they should have done it a very long time ago.

    "Let's remember, they all published their proposals for more powers if there should be a No vote months ago - why weren't these so-called new powers in those proposals then?"

  49. Analysis - 'Far too late'

    Dr Duncan Ross, senior lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Glasgow, and a former SNP national secretary, has just spoken to the BBC News Channel about Gordon Brown's timetable for more powers for the Scottish parliament, which has been backed by Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

    Dr Duncan Ross

    He said: "Many people have voted, including myself. What it [Brown's timetable] does look like is utter panic. You have a poll coming out first thing on Sunday morning showing the Yes campaign ahead.

    "George Osborne as quickly as he possibly can gets himself on the TV news saying there will be new powers. Gordon Brown is raised from wherever he has been to talk about what these new powers might be.

    "I think it is panic - it is far too late."

  50. Queen's neutrality 'perfectly sensible'

    Asked about reports that the Queen had privately expressed concern over Scottish independence, Mr Salmond said: "I think Her Majesty the Queen, who has seen so many events in the course of her long reign, will be proud to be Queen of Scots, as indeed we have been proud to have her as monarch of this land."

    He said he had an audience with the monarch at Balmoral two weeks ago, adding it was not proper to discuss what was said in public.

    "The statement from the palace on the Queen's neutrality in this matter is a perfectly satisfactory, perfectly sensible one," Mr Salmond said.

  51. Salmond 'confident' of victory

    Mr Salmond said he was confident of victory but not complacent.

    He said: "We won't, incidentally be reinventing our campaign at the last minute, we'll be continuing with the positive message that so many people in Scotland find so inspiring."

  52. 'Common sense agreement'

    Still on the markets, the first minister added: "Any uncertainty in the pound can be easily settled by George Osborne saying two things. One, that the governor of the Bank of England is in charge, as Mark Carney said. And secondly that they will negotiate the sensible common sense agreement for a common currency. That would take any uncertainty out of it whatsoever."

  53. 'No contingency plans'

    Asked by journalists about "panic" in the markets yesterday, Mr Salmond countered that shares in Scottish companies including Aberdeen Asset Management and Aggreko had risen today.

    Alex Salmond screenshot

    He added: "What George Osborne has done is reinvented more powers for the Scottish Parliament that two days later we see as an empty gesture. When markets see that sort of panic, they see a Westminster government with no contingency plans."

  54. 'Independence most popular option'

    Asked whether Devo Max was the option the Scottish people actually wanted, the first minister said: "The polls at the weekend, which have caused so much panic in the breasties of the No campaign, actually showed that independence was the most popular option.

    "Of course George Osborne and David Cameron, their one red line issue in setting up this referendum was not to allow Devo Max on the ballot paper, so to actually produce something which is far short of that, which is weak and insipid and has already been discounted by the Scottish people, is a sign of the total disintegration of the No campaign."

  55. 'Minus 100 rating'

    "The leaders of the Westminster parties have a trust rating of minus 100," says Mr Salmond. "I've never seen a campaign disintegrate in the way that the No campaign is disintegrating now."

  56. 'Nothing new'

    Alex Salmond said: "After all of the hype of the last 48 hours, since they [the No campaign] realised that the ground was shifting under their feet, there is actually nothing new in this package whatsoever. This is a retreading, a repackaging, a re-timetabling of what they said in the spring.

    "People have already passed their verdict on what they said in the spring. It is totally inadequate. It is not enough. It is nothing approaching the powers that Scotland needs to create jobs, to save the health service and to build a better society."

  57. 'Fallen apart'

    Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond tells the BBC: "I think it is a very significant day in the referendum campaign . This is the day the No campaign fell apart at the seams."

  58. Cheers for Salmond

    Big cheers for Alex Salmond as he arrives in Parliament Square in Edinburgh, which was home to the old Scottish Parliament more than 300 years ago.

    Alex Salmond arrives in Edinburgh

    He will be reacting to the timetable for additional powers which was outlined by the pro-union parties earlier.

  59. 'Fundamental points'

    Blair Jenkins, from the Yes Scotland campaign, told the BBC news channel: "We want to protect our public services and the NHS and, on a basic note, get the government we vote for.

    "Nothing said today addressed the fundamental points on this debate and I think the people of Scotland will see through this."

  60. Analysis

    Norman Smith

    Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    There will certainly be huge change in Scotland whatever happens after the referendum but it seems there will also be considerable change elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

    If there is a vote for independence, that has massive constitutional implications. But even without a vote for independence, there are strong signs that that will still trigger significant change south of the border.

    This morning we learn MPs at Westminster are to begin their own inquiry into what sort of additional powers, similar to the sort of powers now on offer to Scotland, what sort of similar powers might be handed to the English regions - whether they too should have some ability to decide where taxes are spent.

    The second thing we learn is the extent to which although the three main union partiers are still fronting this campaign it is becoming a Labour-led campaign fronted by Gordon Brown, to try to shore up the Labour vote in the Scottish heartlands.

  61. 'Panic not principle'

    Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, responded to Better Together's offer of greater autonomy for Scotland as being "driven by panic rather than principle".

    Speaking on the BBC News channel, Mr Jenkins said: "I think it's too little too late, everything which has been mentioned today has been in the public domain in Scotland for several months.

    "This comes down to trust, the debate has moved on from where the anti-independence parties want it to be. People in Scotland are deciding for themselves what we need to have in terms of decision-making powers."

  62. Salmond to respond

    Scotland's first minister and leader of the SNP, Alex Salmond, will be responding to the statement from the pro-union party leaders with his own media conference shortly.

  63. Summary

    The pro-Union Scottish party leaders presented a united front in Edinburgh after former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown set out his proposed schedule for new powers to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.

    He said it would start immediately after the referendum.

    Mr Brown declared a No vote next week would be the "starting gun for action".

    A white paper would be drawn up in November after a period of consultation, with draft clauses for legislation expected in January.

    But with just over a week until the 18 September referendum, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has already dismissed the timetable for more powers from the Westminster parties as a "bribe" that has been made "because the Yes side is winning on the ground"

  64. Summary

    The leaders of the three main pro-union parties have come together to pledge more powers for Scotland if it rejects independence.

    Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Scotland presented a united front at an event in Edinburgh where they promised change.

  65. 'We will reach concensus'

    Labour's current proposals on new income tax powers don't go as far as those of the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "We are mature enough and grown up enough in Scotland to come together and have that political debate.

    "Since 2011 what we have seen is politics that spurns the idea of consensus, which always looks for the dividing line rather than what brings us together.

    "We have made clear what our proposals are, we will argue for them, but we will reach a consensus where we can."

  66. Rennie praises 'certainty'

    Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said the new delivery plan would give people the certainty they had been asking for.

    He said: "They will know after September that voting No means substantial change. It is guaranteed. This gives the certainty that people want."

    He contrasted this with the uncertainty of independence on issues such as the currency and fluctuating oil revenues.

  67. Better Together's offer - Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    Iain, Crieff: So what was the status of this confused and contradictory set of "offers" before there was a "timetable". When would they have been delivered? How has the addition of a "timetable" altered their delivery? By six months? A year? It's a "guarantee"??? So they weren't guaranteed before????? This just lacks any credibility. They really do think we're daft.

    Jim, Dunblane: At last, a credible plan for Devo Max, well done Gordon Brown for forcing the issue. We can finance and run the NHS the way we choose. Plus there are increasing warning signs of the serious financial damage that full separation will cause. If we wreck large parts of our economy, we won't be able to afford a Scottish NHS anyway. I'm now definitely supporting "No Thanks".

    Mark David, Fife: This is what we, the electorate, have been asking for. White Paper v White Paper. Finally we have a decision to make with our heads as well as our hearts.

  68. Post update

    Tim Reid

    Political correspondent, BBC News

    The BBC understands that the three pro-Union parties are to sign up to a pledge that a new Scotland Act - devolving further powers in the event of a No vote - will be included in the first Queen's Speech after the 2015 General Election.

    Under former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown's timetable, draft legislation will be debated early next year at Westminster but it would not be enacted since there wouldn't be time before the election.

    The promise for it to be included in the first Queen's Speech, without final details of what powers would be devolved, is designed to counter accusations that the commitment to additional powers may never reach the statute books.

  69. Davidson: 'All agreed'

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "We have all agreed that there should be more powers over income tax. We have all agreed that there should be more welfare devolved to the Scottish Parliament. We have also agreed some of the things we need to leave out. We have all agreed that actually our businesses in Scotland don't want to see different rates of corporation tax both sides of the border.

    "So you can see there are broad themes developing there but we want to engage civic Scotland too. This isn't owned just by us. This is owned by Scotland. This is a way for Scotland to shape the powers it has in the future without walking away from the United Kingdom. This is a patriotic choice."

  70. 'No simple ownership'

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont is asked why people have been told there will be new powers but not what they will be?

    She said: "We have all put out detailed plans on our commitment on devolution but we have said we don't have simple ownership of this debate ourselves. What is clear is that people have been engaged in this constitutional debate so why would we shut out the opportunity for people to be consulted on these proposals and that's what the next stage is."

    She said the parties all agreed there should be more tax-raising powers for the Scottish Parliament.

  71. Lamont 'delighted' for Tories to deliver powers

    Would Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont be happy to see this delivered by a Conservative government at Westminster?

    Ms Lamont said: "I'll be delighted to see it delivered because we know now it will definitely be delivered.

    "Whatever happens, there will be more powers for the Scottish Parliament. That is an important commitment from all of us and it is significant because it tells us how important this debate is that we can have a strong Scottish Parliament inside the United Kingdom. That is, I believe, what people want."

  72. Davidson: 'Labour has worked hard'

    Asked if she was happy to implement a plan from a former Labour prime minister, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "We wanted to build consensus for the plans that we had and we will go into this process in good faith.

    "It is a simple fact that the Conservatives do not have a majority in the House of Commons or in Holyrood so we would always be working with other parties in order to deliver this."

    She said the Labour party had "worked incredibly hard" to bring us all together.

  73. Post update

    Mr Rennie also challenged the First Minister Alex Salmond to work with Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats following the referendum to achieve more devolution - to "deliver change for Scotland that Scotland wants".

    Willie Rennie MSP
  74. Post update

    Mr Rennie added: "The Liberal Democrats have put our shoulder to the wheel for more powers for many years. In order to get sustainable constitutional change you need to get wide consensus across the parties and beyond the parties as well. That is the way you secure proper change."

  75. Post update

    Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: "All three parties are coming together as this is so important."

  76. Post update

    Ruth Davidson said the Scottish Conservatives had been on a journey with devolution.

    Ruth Davidson

    She said: "We believe there is a way to develop devolution within the United Kingdom. You can have a strong Scottish Parliament - a Parliament that has to look Scottish taxpayers in the eye without walking away from the United Kingdom."

  77. Post update

    Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Gordon Brown had outlined a plan and the prime minister had endorsed it. She said: "I am delighted to stand here to welcome it too."

  78. Post update

    Johann Lamont said the new powers were a chance to end the "politics of grievance" where Scots look at a problem and blame someone else.

  79. Post update

    "It is possible to vote No on 18 September and also say you are voting for change, for more powers for the Scottish Parliament," Johann Lamont says.

    Johann Lamont
  80. Post update

    Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont speaks first on the steps of Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. She says she is "delighted" to endorse the delivery plan set out by Gordon Brown that will give certainty of more powers to the Scottish Parliament.

  81. Referendum - Your views

    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk

    George Shepard: Could someone please ask the No camp, why was the choice of Devo Max removed from the ballot paper? Was it removed because UK Government did not want to give any new powers, as it would appear that that is what they are trying to promote now.

    Duncan Grant: Why no regular comment on why 600,000 Scots living in England get no vote even if only here for a short while. This is a constitutional scandal. An immigrant who has been in Scotland for a few months can vote even if they can't speak English. I along with most others would vote no!

    John, Kirkcaldy: All very well saying they are are going to give us "home rule" (when they could have had that option on the ballot paper in the first place) but do we get another shot at independence if we don't like their proposals? And what is the trade off?

  82. Progress for Scotland

    Labour's Douglas Alexander told Good Morning Scotland: "What all three political parties are committing to is actually what most people in Scotland want. We want progress for Scotland but we don't want to break up the United Kingdom."

  83. Not sufficient

    Blair Jenkins, chief executive of the Yes campaign, told Good Morning Scotland: "The power elite at Westminster seem to have been taken completely by surprise by the fact that more and more people are moving towards a Yes vote.

    "People today looking at this repackaging of what's already out there in terms of offers will be mightily unimpressed.

    "We know that these powers that the three parties put forward earlier this year, and which contradict each other to quite a large degree, are not sufficient. They don't give Scotland the governments we vote for, they don't give us the job-creating powers we need and they don't give us the powers to protect our vital public services, including the NHS."

  84. Quick timetable

    Labour MP Douglas Alexander, who is campaigning for a No vote told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We all want the best for Scotland, on both sides of the argument, the real question for 18 September is 'what kind of change do we want for our nation?'

    "What is being confirmed today is that a vote for No will deliver, on a very quick timetable, the kind of changes I think most of us in Scotland want to see."

  85. What the papers say

    The Daily Record leads with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's speech where he detailed a timetable of extra powers to be devolved to Scotland in the event of a "No" vote.

    Newspapers 9 Sept

    The Scotsman's runs with news that the latest polls show that support for the Yes and Better Together campaigns are now too close for a clear prediction of the 18 September vote.

  86. Last minute offer

    Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader at Westminster told the Today programme: "What the three UK parties are proposing does not give us control over all corporation, over all income tax, over oil taxation, over all our job powers, the ability to get rid of Trident, to stop our troops being sent into illegal wars.

    "If the three UK parties had been serious they would have done this a long time ago. If Gordon Brown really cared about this he would have done it as prime minister. If the Tories cared about it would have been in the Queen's speech. This is a cynical last minute offer."

  87. Referendum - Your views

    #bbcindyref

    Stuart MacPherson tweets: Why promise more power but not announce it until October. Truth is all 3 uk can't agree on them. Would have voted for max devo #bbcindyref

    David Wardrope tweets: #bbcindyref Enough with the more powers line! The 3 UK parties have different ideas on powers for Scotland and can't agree on common list.

  88. Morning Call - Referendum special

    Louise White

    Presenter, Morning Call

    Coming up on Morning Call today, as the referendum debate intensifies, have you heard anything which would change your mind?

    It's been a 48 hours of new timelines, polls and changes on the money markets but has any of it made you sway one way or another.

    Morning Call

    Tell us what you think by calling 0500 92 95 00, texting 80295 or via email. The lines are open now.

    You can listen live to the debate here.

  89. Change coming

    Labour MP Jim Murphy, a former Scottish Secretary, told the Today programme: "We want to be really clear that if people vote No, they are not voting for No change. Change is coming.

    "As a consequence of what Gordon Brown and the Labour party announced last night, agreed with the other parties, who seem to support it, the day after a No vote the House of Commons will have a motion tabled setting out an approach that will bring new and significant powers to the Scottish Parliament at remarkable speed."

  90. What the papers say

    Today's edition of the Scottish Sun runs with the headline "Grab a Granny" with the paper claiming that Alex Salmond is asking pro-independence supporters voters to convince their elderly relatives to vote "Yes" on 18 September.

    Newspapers 18 September

    Elsewhere the Scottish Daily Mail leads with news that £2bn has been wiped of the value of Scottish firms following uncertainty on the markets over the outcome of the independence vote.

  91. Yes momentum

    The SNP's Westminster leader Angus Robertson told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "The big news of the day isn't the reheating of an announcement by Gordon Brown and his allies in the Conservative party, the big news is that the momentum continues to be with the Yes campaign.

    "The Yes side is up six points, the No side is down six. We are seeing massive numbers of voters, especially Labour voters, switching to the Yes side.

    "In contrast we have total panic and desperation from the No side, offering a cynical bribe which is utterly transparent to voters in Scotland."

  92. Post update

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    If you are talking, as the Unionist parties now are, of a massive transfer of income tax powers so the Scottish Parliament has control over a substantial amount of the money it raises it is likely that other parts of the United Kingdom will demand the same.

    The Northern Irish assembly have asked for tax-raising powers in the past, the Welsh may, parts of the UK who feel remote from London, whether in the south west or the north east, may well want the same.

    Today the prism through which all this is being seen is whether it is enough to win the Scottish campaign. The next step I can tell you is the No campaign are going to do is say these new powers will allow them to guarantee absolutely that the NHS in Scotland could never be cut against the will of the Scottish people.

  93. Post update

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    What is striking is that they have managed to forge this agreement under pressure of the polls, in a day or two and we may be seeing the biggest constitutional change in the United Kingdom, if Scotland does vote No and this ever actually happens, with precious little debate about it.

    "Because those No parties have been forced to come together and try to hammer out some form of agreement about what they would do and when.

    "The big change is really in that timetable. The plan of the government at Westminster had been to say 'Yes we will begin a process of consultation after a No vote but the actual process of legislation would come after a General Election.

    "Now they are saying it starts the day after, and as Gordon Brown likes to promise 'you can get a draft law by Burns night in January'."

  94. Polls apart

    Blair Jenkins and Blair McDougall
    Image caption: Blair Jenkins from Yes Scotland (left) and Blair McDougall from Better Together argue their points

    Blair McDougall from the Better Together campaign tells the BBC's Tim Reid there was an "absolute guarantee" that new powers would come to Scotland in the event of a "No" vote. He added that there has been a "real market reaction" to the prospect of the break-up of Britain. Blair Jenkins from the Yes Scotland campaign responded by saying the move by the pro-Union parties to offer more to Scotland was a "panic" measure. He added that it was the "same old stuff" and it was the power elite at Westminster thinking they "know what is right for us".

  95. Post update

    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    The news bulletins this morning should have been preceded with the announcement 'Do not adjust your set, we know that Gordon Brown is not the prime minister of the United Kingdom'.

    "Because normally you would have expected David Cameron to make this sort of announcement but he was deemed to be too Tory and too English. Ed Miliband was deemed to be certainly too English and the latest polls show he is trusted as little as Mr Cameron in Scotland. Alistair Darling was damaged by the debates so Gordon Brown was reached for as the man who reaches the parts of Scotland others in the No campaign cannot reach.

  96. Today's newspapers

    The latest poll on the referendum is the lead story in Scotsman today.

    It says: "Latest poll has Yes and No now neck and neck".

    The Herald says Gordon Brown has set out an ambitious timetable for a third Scotland Act that would devolve new powers to Holyrood if Scots reject independence in next week's referendum.

    The Courier's headline is "Brown's big plans for 'Home Rule in the UK'.

    'Home Rule' plan to stop Salmond, is the Express's take on the story.

    It says major new powers for Holyrood could be in place early next year if Scots reject Alex Salmond's push for independence.

  97. Poll of polls

    Have a look at our referendum poll tracker here.

  98. Too close to call

    John Curtice

    Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    As a result of today's poll, our poll of polls, although still dated 5 September (as interviewing for TNS BMRB's poll concluded on 4 September before that for YouGov's), has been updated. On that measure Yes support has edged up again and now stands at 48%, with No on 52%. The referendum race is now clearly too close to call.

  99. Post update

    John Curtice

    Professor of politics at Strathclyde University

    The latest poll today from TNS BMRB, another pollster that like YouGov has tended to report a relatively low Yes vote, is crucial in helping us to decide whether there really has been a substantial swing to Yes, or whether instead something unusual has happened to YouGov's polls. Its answer is unambiguous; it also has detected a big swing to Yes.

    Read Prof Curtice's full analysis here.

  100. Another poll

    Another day, another poll. Yet again it shows the rival Scottish independence referendum campaigns almost tied.

    This one, from TNS, shows that support for independence has jumped by six points in the last month, putting the Yes vote at 38% and the No vote at 39%, with 23% undecided.

    Of those who said they were sure to vote, the Yes and No camps were neck and neck at 41% with 18% undecided.

    The TNS poll of 990 people was conducted between 27 August and 4 September.

  101. Post update

    Steven Brocklehurst

    BBC Scotland news website

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland's live coverage of the referendum campaign. We'll be bringing you all the news from the campaign right through the day until 18:00.