Referendum round-up: Nine days to go

It's nine days to go until the referendum and, as the debate is ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Every day, we'll have a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites.

So, here's what's been going on today.

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Edinburgh Agreement

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Gordon Brown's timetable for further devolution in the event of a "No" vote has been backed by the Scottish leaders of the three main pro-Union parties.

Scottish Labour's Johann Lamont, Scottish Conservative's Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat's Willie Rennie joined forces at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth to endorse the plan outlined by the former Prime Minister.

Mr Rennie said in his statement: "All three parties are coming together as this is so important."

First Minister Alex Salmond also believes today is significant, by declaring it "the day the 'No' campaign fell apart at the seams".

Oui will be in EU

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A stone's throw away at Edinburgh's Parliament Square, First Minister Alex Salmond was outlining the benefits of an independent Scotland in Europe.

Mr Salmond said a "Westminster elite obsessed with UKIP" was jeopardising Scotland's EU future.

If the Conservatives win the next UK general election, they have offered an in-out EU referendum.

Yet with the Scottish government confident of negotiating EU membership within an 18-month timescale, Mr Salmond said: "An independent Scotland will be an enthusiastic member of the EU, in line with our long-held international and outward-looking focus and values."

"Who's driving?"

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The main UK party leaders are coming to Scotland.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour's Ed Miliband and the Liberal Democrat's Nick Clegg are skipping Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow to instead campaign against independence.

The three leaders will not travel or appear together, however.

In a joint statement they said: "There is a lot that divides us - but there's one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together."

Carney on currency

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Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said that "a currency union is incompatible with sovereignty" at a Q&A session at the TUC Congress in Liverpool.

What does that mean? Well, the BBC's Economics Editor Robert Peston will be able to clear that one up for us...


Of the first few replies, answers included: "No idea", "I dunno" and "classic case of IfYouCantConvinceThemConfuseThemTitis".

Thankfully Mr Peston then tweeted: "So I am told Carney means neither rUK or Scotland would remain properly sovereign nations if Scotland goes indie & we have currency union. Hmmm"

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