Gordon Brown has said he is "absolutely sure" that the timetable he has set out for devolution will be honoured.
He said that a resolution signed by all three main Westminster party leaders has been issued today and will be placed in the House of Commons on Monday.
It sets out a timetable for reform as follows:
- a Command Paper to published by the end of October
- the 'heads of agreement' to be published by November
- Draft legislation that will form a new Scotland Act ready by the end of January
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has thanked 'fierce and formidable' opponent Alex Salmond for his contribution to politics.
Mr Brown added that he would not be returning to frontline politics: "I am not making a comeback to frontline politics. I am too old to be the come back kid, and I am too young to be an elder statesman."
Gordon Brown has said "the eyes of the world" are on the leaders of the main Westminster parties to make sure they keep their promises on Scottish devolution.
Speaking in Fife today, the former Prime Minister said: "These are men who have been promise-makers and they will not be promise breakers and I will ensure that as a promise-keeper that these promises that have been made are upheld."
Mr Brown said the civil service had already begun working on proposals for further devolution to Scotland, and that new laws on the country's future would be ready in time for Burns' Night in January.
The British couple missing in Mexico have been named as Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood.
The BBC reports friends of the couple saying they were on a yacht which capsized off the coastal town of La Paz on the Baja peninsula.
Mr Whitehouse, from Wolverhampton, is reported to have been working as a scuba diving instructor in the resort for about a year.
The Foreign Office has said it is providing consular assistance to the families "at this difficult time".
About 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border into Turkey after an advance by Islamic State militants, the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister has said.
"Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border as of now from eight entrance points along a 30 km distance from Akcakale to Mursitpinar since we opened the border yesterday," Numan Kurtulmus told CNN Turk television.
Isolated thundery showers will continue across England for a time, before becoming confined to the east by the end of the morning.
Elsewhere, across England and Wales it will be a rather cloudy day with occasional rain or drizzle.
Northern Ireland and Scotland will be largely dry with some brighter spells, especially this afternoon and it will feel fresher here.
The top temperature will be 21C.
An Environment Agency has posted a satellite image showing "big storms" North of London.
The Met Office has warned of further heavy showers and thunderstorms through to Saturday evening, with the main risk becoming confined to southern parts from late afternoon.
It also warned of potential for isolated disruption due to surface water flooding and lightning strikes.
Images of flooding on roads through Essex have begun to emerge on Twitter with one driver posting a photograpg of water covering the A12.