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Salmond: 'Writing is on the wall' over independence

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It is only a matter of time before Scotland becomes an independent nation, Alex Salmond has suggested.

The First Minister, who this week announced his intention to resign from his post, said the majority of younger Scots supported independence.

He told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "When you have a situation where the majority of a country up to the age of 55 is already voting for independence, I think the writing's on the wall for Westminster."

"I think the destination is pretty certain, we're only now debating the timescale and the method," the SNP leader added.

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Westminster is 'extremely remote to people in the North'

People living in the North of England consider Westminster "extremely remote" and want powers closer to them to improve services, according to a council leader.

Labour leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme it was not a case of "one size fits all".

He said: "This is not an issue of who votes on what in Westminster.This is about taking power away from Westminster - not devolution to England or even devolution to Scotland, it's devolution in England, devolution in Scotland.

"I make this argument that the leader of Glasgow would make exactly the same argument about the need for powers to go away from Holyrood to cities in Scotland as well."

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Independence rivals attend church service

Politicians from both sides of the Scottish independence debate have gathered for a special church service to promote unity after the referendum.

Around 1,000 people attended the Church of Scotland event at St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

Moving on? The service was attended by prominent Yes and No campaigners, including John Swinney (far left) and Alistair Darling (far right).

Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney, Better Together leader Alistair Darling, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson all attended.

The Church of Scotland hopes the service will help people from the Yes and No camps come together and move forward after the intense referendum debate.

The service was led by Church of Scotland moderator the Rt Rev John Chalmers. He asked people to put their differences aside and work together to redefine the country's place within the UK.

The SNP's Finance Secretary, John Swinney, gave a reading.
Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander also contributed.
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Miliband cool on 'English votes for English laws' plan

Ed Miliband has attacked David Cameron's proposal for 'English votes for English laws', saying he is trying to "drive our country apart".

The Prime Minister has called on the Labour leader to make clear whether he would support measures to stop Scottish MPs voting on matters that only affect people in England.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Miliband said he was open to "greater scrutiny" of English-only legislation, but insisted it could not be hurried.

"I am open to the idea of greater scrutiny of legislation by English MPs...but we can't do it in a back of the envelop, fag packet way," he said.

"We've spent two years trying to keep our country together, let's have a proper constitutional convention, let's look at these issues, but let's not do this, let's not drive our country apart because David Cameron thinks it's an opportunity to do it, let's keep our country together," Mr Miliband added.

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PM challenges Miliband over 'English votes for English laws'

David Cameron has called on Ed Miliband to work with him to ensure only English MPs can vote on English laws.

David Cameron has said Scottish MPs should not vote on English issues. Credit: PA Wire

Promising to deliver a "truly fair settlement for the whole of the UK", the Prime Minister urged the Labour leader to help address the "fundamentally unjust" situation which means Scottish MPs can vote on laws which do not apply to their constituents.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Cameron said if Miliband did not agree, he should explain to the British people "why they shouldn't have the same powers as we are rightfully devolving to the people of Scotland".

"Why should Scottish MPs be able to vote on what is taught in English schools, to reduce spending on English hospitals, or even vary English or Welsh income taxes, when under the new settlement English or Welsh MPs would have no say in such matters in Scotland?" Mr Cameron said.

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron said a timetable for giving Scotland a new range of powers over tax, spending and welfare would be met, after Alex Salmond accused Westminster of "tricking" No voters.

Labour MSP: People in Dumfries feel "remote from Edinburgh too"

People in Dumfries feel "remote from Edinburgh" as well as Westminster, according to Labour MSP Elaine Murray.

Meanwhile David Patterson, a local Yes Campaigner, told ITV News Border he was "gutted" after the independence referendum.

The vote breakdown in Dumfries and Galloway was 66% for No and 34% for Yes. Meanwhile, in the Scottish Borders, it was 67% No and 33% Yes. Across Scotland, 55% of the electorate voted No and 45% voted Yes.

Yes Campaigner David Patterson feels Credit: ITV News Border

Quite honestly I'm gutted, but I think we knew we wouldn't get the result in Dumfries, but disappointed in general obviously nationwide, because we all thought and hoped that we would get it, we all thought we would be become an independent country again."

– David Patterson, Yes Campaigner
Labour MSP Elaine Murray says people in Dumfries feel Credit: ITV News Border

I think the vote here in Dumfries and Galloway, as indeed the votes in places like Orkney and Shetland actually demonstrated that people feel a bit remote from Edinburgh too, and that's why devolution from Holyrood to local authority areas is also important actually I think we need to feel here that we are able to make our own decisions here as well."

– Elaine Murray MSP, Labour

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Devolution promises will be upheld, says Brown

Man with a plan: Gordon Brown wants more powers for the Scottish Government. Credit: PA

Promises made to Scotland on further devolution will be upheld, Gordon Brown has insisted.

The former prime minister said he would ensure the commitment given by the leaders of the three main Westminster parties is adhered to.

The SNP have already raised concerns that the schedule Mr Brown set out will for further devolution will not be met.

But speaking just two days after the referendum, in which 45% of Scots voted for independence, with 55% wanting to remain in the UK, Mr Brown said: "The promises that were made last week about change, about the delivery of further devolution, must be, and I believe, and will ensure, will be delivered."

After David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all made a public vow on this, Mr Brown added: "The eyes of the world have been upon us and now I think the eyes of the world are upon the leaders of the major parties of the United Kingdom.

"These are men who had been promise makers, and they will not be promise breakers, and I will ensure that that these promises that have been made are upheld."

The region reacts to a No vote for independence

Cumbria is a county that has many geographical similarities with Southern Scotland, but many differences too.

People cross the border every day in both directions for work, pleasure and to do business, and because of that today's result was also being keenly viewed south of the border.

Hannah McNulty reports.

Scottish First Minister announces his exit from the top

The result of the Scottish independence referendum was a huge blow for the Yes campaign this morning, worsened by the announcement this afternoon that the man who made it all possible - Alex Salmond - will step down in November.

ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon was at the press conference where Salmond announced his exit from the top of the SNP leadership, and from his office as First Minister.

Darling: Alex Salmond was 'a formidable political figure'

Alistair Darling, speaking earlier today Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Alistair Darling has praised Alex Salmond for the "huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland." The leader of the Better Together campaign was speaking after the Scottish First Minister made the announcement he will step down in November.

"Alex Salmond is a formidable political figure. He transformed the SNP into a party of government and delivered their referendum on independence which they had craved so long. "Today he has accepted Scotland's verdict, recognising that it is for others in his party to take the SNP forward. "He has rightly said that the referendum was a once-in-a-lifetime event and that we all need to work to bring Scotland together. "He can look back with pride on being the longest-serving First Minister and to the huge contribution he has made to public life in Scotland. I wish him well in the future."

– Alistair Darling MP
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