BLOG: Peter MacMahon looks at both sides of the referendum campaign as we reach one month before it takes place.
First Minister Alex Salmond insists an independent Scotland can be part of a Sterling currency zone with the rest of the UK
ITV Border Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, blogs on the competing claims over promises of more powers for Scotland
The Scottish Government are going to look at building high speed rail links from Scotland to England.
The First Minister, Alex Salmond, announced the plans at a speech in Carlisle last night.
Mr Salmond's view is very clear. He says Scottish independence will benefit all of us in the North of England.
At least one Cumbrian MP holds profoundly different views and responses in the business community are mixed.
Fiona McIlwraith reports:
Mr Salmond's speech tonight is likely to make more mention of those good relations between England and Scotland in this region.
But he will also give a concrete example of how independence could benefit the area, with a plan for improved high speed rail links.
Peter MacMahon has been speaking to the First Minister this afternoon.
MSP Jackson Carlaw on Salmond's visit over the border on St George's day.
– Jackson Carlaw MSP, Scottish Conservative deputy leader
“People in England will certainly recognise a dragon when they see it, particularly a toothless one. Meanwhile, the people of Scotland look forward to slaying the independence dragon on September 18.”
In response to Alex Salmond's visit to Carlisle, to discuss the implications of a 'yes' vote, Better Together say he risks straining cultural and historical ties between England and Scotland.
– Better Together spokesperson
"People will find it hard to take seriously Alex Salmond's claim that he wants to be best pals with England if we leave the UK given that he has spent a career blaming the English for all Scotland's problems. As part of the UK we have strong ties of culture and history - the only thing putting this at risk is separation."
Alex Salmond will insist that Scotland keeps the pound if the country becomes independent.
Mr Salmond is visiting Carlisle today to encourage people that a 'yes' vote in the referendum would be good for local business.
He is due to say that people in the North of England will still be able to trade and work with an independent Scotland without changing currency.
– Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister
"People would still live in Annan and work in Carlisle, or live in Penrith and work in Lockerbie. Friends and family would continue to visit each other. We would still watch many of the same television programmes. People from Scotland and England would still celebrate personal unions - by getting married in Carlisle Cathedral or perhaps by going to Gretna instead."
It is still undecided what currency would be used in the event of Scottish independence.
Alex Salmond will be visiting Carlisle today to encourage the Border community to back the 'yes' vote in the independence referendum.
He is due to say that people of North England would still be able to work and trade in an independent Scotland without changing currency.
However Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, has argued against reintroducing a border between England and Scotland.
Alex Salmond will deliver a keynote speech in Carlisle this evening.
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says the First Minister's policy will not benefit the economy this side of the border.
– Willie Rennie MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats
“People in Carlisle will be surprised to see the First Minister. His entire economic policy is based on undercutting the Carlisle economy on corporation tax, as indeed he plans to do to the rest of the north of England. “His policy is nothing more than a cross-border economic raid. It is designed to strip investment out of England. People in Carlisle should be wary.”
Alex Salmond takes his fight for independence south of the border today.
The First Minister will be in Carlisle to deliver a speech on the implications of a 'yes' vote on businesses in both Scotland and England.