Which powers does Scotland already have?

Scotland's Parliament Holyrood.

Thanks to acts of devolution in 1998 and 2012, the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood controls:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and fisheries
  • Education and training
  • Environment
  • Health and social services
  • Housing
  • Law and order
  • Local government
  • Sports and the arts
  • Tourism
  • Economic development
  • Roads

Salmond's vision for an independent Scotland

In 2013 the Scottish government published "Scotland's Future: Your Guide To An Independent Scotland" on what an independent Scotland would like and its relationship with the rest of the UK and EU.

The plans include:

  • An independent Scotland want to get rid of the UK's nuclear weapons, Trident, and send them south "within the lifetime of the first [independent] Parliament".
  • Alex Salmond wants to have a sterling union, which would allow Scotland to keep the pound but would need to be agreed on by the whole of the UK.
  • BBC Scotland would be replaced with the Scottish Broadcasting Service, but Strictly Come Dancing and Eastenders would still be available via a programme swap.
  • The Bedroom Tax would be scrapped and a more generous benefits system would be introduced.
  • An independent Scotland wants to continue as an EU member.
  • The SNP want to establish a network of Scottish embassies abroad.
  • Research councils at Scottish universities would continue to be funded via the common research area.

YouGov chief: '99% certain of a No victory'

The head of polling company YouGov said he was "99% certain" a victory for the pro-union No camp.

In an interview with Sky News, Peter Kellner said: "Now, at the obvious risk of looking like a complete prat in about eight hours time, I would say it's a 99% certainty it's a No victory."

He said his judgement was based in a survey of 1,828 people after they had voted, in addition to postal votes showing a 54% majority for No.

How did Scotland and England unite?

The Act of Union created a common currency between the two nations, as shown in this £50 note from 1732.

  • The two countries began to unofficially unite after the death of Elizabeth 1. The Virgin Queen left no heir, so her crown passed to Mary Queen of Scots son, James.
  • There were three separate attempts to unite the Scotland and England in 1606, 1667, and 1689 but it was not until 1707 that enough support was whipped up for the Union.
  • Queen Anne (House of Stuart) had made greater political unity between nations a main policy of her reign - a large number of the Whigs (Liberal party) supported the Union but the Tories were against the idea.
  • The Act of Union was meant to prevent Scotland from having a different monarch to England, as they feared a new King or Queen would align themselves with foreign enemies.
  • Scotland was blighted by extreme poverty due to a disastrous attempt at establishing a foreign colony, and saw the Union as a way of getting their hands on the cash they desperately needed.
  • The Act of Union created a greater trade link, common currency, a ban on Roman Catholic monarchs on the Scottish throne, protected the Church of Scotland, allowed Scottish peers to sit in the Lords and allowed Scotland to keep its own legal system.

Why Ice Bucket cause is close to Charlotte's heart

MND is a condition that has had huge public attention following the Ice Bucket Challenge. Today the charity behind it announces how much they've made exclusively on GMB - £6.8 million!

Meanwhile, Charlotte Hawkins shares her personal experience of MDN - her elderly father is fighting the life-changing disease.

We also meet 29-year-old Charlie Fletcher, who was diagnosed at the unusually young age of 26.

What will election day bring?

It's Election Day for the Scottish Referendum today, with voting across the region starting at 7am and closing at 10pm, when counting begins at 32 regional centres.

The eyes of the world will be on her but you probably don't know who she is - Sue Jameson meets Mary Pitcaithly, the woman who will announce to the world whether Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom on Friday morning.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. DNA tests have not been connected to any suspects in the brutal murders of two backpackers in Ko Tao, Thailand

  2. A former NHS nurse has become the first British person to be given the experimental Ebola vaccine

  3. The MND charity behind the Ice Bucket Challenge will today reveal on Good Morning Britain exactly how much money has been raised

  4. Next month's ending of the need to display a car tax disc could lead to tax evasion costing the economy £167 million a year, according to the RAC

  5. Decision day has arrived for Scotland, with voters north of the border going to the polls today to determine if the country should remain part of the United Kingdom or not

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