Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond have met in Edinburgh to finalise arrangements for a historic referendum on Scottish independence.
The plan envisages a vote north of the border in autumn 2014.
The referendum ballot paper is expected to have a single yes/no question on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.
It is also expected that the agreement will make provisions for many Scottish 16-year-olds to vote in the referendum.
In common with the leaders of the other major British parties, Mr Cameron has pledged to campaign hard against Scottish independence, which is the key political goal of Mr Salmond's Scottish National Party.
As David Cameron and Alex Salmond reach agreement on the referendum into Scottish Independence ITV Border have been looking at how it would affect Cumbria.As a county right on the border a 'Yes' vote for Scotland to go independent would have far reaching effects as Kim Inglis reports: