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Despite the polls the First Minister and the 'Yes' side are convinced they can win on 18 September

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How could life change if Scotland vote 'yes'?

In four weeks time, people in Scotland will decide whether to become an independent country.

But if Scots vote for independence, how could life change for people living near the border in Cumbria and the South of Scotland?

Our reporter Joe Pike has been to the UK's only existing international land border - between Ireland and Northern Ireland - to find out.


Independence campaigns one month before referendum

There's just one month to go before Scots vote in the independence referendum and both sides stepped up their campaigns ahead of September 18.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond made what he called a 'declaration of opportunity' - a modern version of the historic Declaration of Arbroath.

Pro-Union campaigners, such as MP Douglas Alexander the Shadow Foreign Secretary, dismissed his promises, pressing the First Minster to answer what they say are unanswered questions on issues like currency.


Henry McLeish: Scots need to think very carefully before voting 'No'

by Representing Border

A former Labour First Minister is warning that the Westminster parties may not deliver the extra devolution powers they're promising. Henry McLeish says Scots need to think very carefully before voting 'No'.

He told ITV Border's Kathryn Samson there's a danger further devolution may slip down the UK political agenda if voters reject independence. Mr McLeish was speaking ahead of an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

You can watch the full interview on Representing Border, tonight at 10.40pm on ITV Border Scotland.

Does Conservative leader have new speechwriter in West Wing's Aaron Sorkin?

by Representing Border

Credit: 'The American President' - Castle Rock Entertainment

Ever wonder where our politicians get their best lines? Well it seems Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is a fan of fictional American Presidents, and in particaular the scripts of West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin. Michael Douglas plays Andrew Shepherd in the 1995 film The American President - a big screen forerunner of the TV series the West Wing. Perhaps a Hollywood rather than a Holyrood career beckons for Ruth Davidson.

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