First Minister Alex Salmond insists an independent Scotland can be part of a Sterling currency zone with the rest of the UK
The first debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond had barely finished when their respective teams went into battle.
Campaign rivals Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling both traded blows in a surprisingly feisty televised debate on Scottish independence.
Alistair Darling, speaking today since the Independence debate held last night in Glasgow, reiterated his point that Alex Salmond is yet to give an answer on what currency an independent Scotland would use. He says this is one of the things that people are now focusing on ahead of September's referendum.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has refused to concede he lost last night's independence debate despite most most of this morning's newspaper headlines handing victory to the leader of the No campaign Alistair Darling.
– Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond
I was much more interested in the ICM poll which was conducted through the debate last night. Yes support started at 45% and at end of the debate polled at 47%. Which is one of the highest poll ratings we have ever had and is within touching distance of a majority. What was particularly significant was a 9% rise in support among women, which most polls have indicated has been one of the weaknesses of the Yes campaign.
Alistair Darling's questioning of Alex Salmond's currency plans for an independent Scotland sparked the most tweets during last night's debate.
More than 2,000 tweets were sent during that moment, with a total of 186,267 sent throughout the entire event.
The Yes campaign gained more than double the number of tweets over the course of the day, despite a Guardian/ICM poll suggesting Better Together leader Alistair Darling came out on top during the debate.
The debate over Scottish independence has taken place with the first live television clash between the First Minister Alex Salmond and the man leading the campaign to keep the UK together Alistair Darling being shown on STV.
A poll conducted by ICM for the Guardian has found that Alistair Darling won the first Scottish independence debate by 56% to Alex Salmond's 44%.
There are now just over six weeks to go until voters in Scotland decide whether to remain in the UK or become an independent nation in the September 18 referendum.
Newspapers in Scotland widely declared pro-union leader Alistair Darling the victor in the first television debate on Scottish independence.
The Daily Telegraph claimed Salmond had failed to find an answer on the currency issue, while The Herald claimed Darling had drawn first blood ahead of the referendum on September 18.
A panel of undecided voters polled by ITV News favoured Darling's argument in the debate.
A poll conducted by ICM for the Guardian has found that Alistair Darling won the first Scottish independence debate by 56% to Alex Salmond's 46%.
Pro-union Westminster politicians, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, tweeted their support for Alistair Darling after the first Scottish independence debate tonight.
Well done Alistair. Showed that Better Together offers the best of both worlds and Alex Salmond has no answers on the key questions.
Darling won that hands down, the right questions, the strongest arguments for the UK - Salmond's bluff and bluster no match #ScotDecides
Better Together leader Alistair Darling and Yes campaign leader Alex Salmond both made final pitches to referendum voters at the end of the Scottish independence televised debate.
The two closing statements are introduced by debate chair Bernard Ponsonby.
Watch them here: