Alex Salmond has just started his speech addressing the SNP party conference about Scotland's future.
In it the First Minister has called the 'Yes' campaign 'laughable'.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also been speaking at the SNP party conference.
She spoke of the independence referendum as being the 'beginning of a better future' for Scotland:
The SNP party conference began today in Aberdeen.
Party leader Alex Salmond used the occasion to rally his troops ahead of the Scottish Independence vote in September.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon is at the conference and met with the First Minister:
SNP is holding its party conference in Aberdeen this weekend.
It's a chance for the First Minister and party leader Alex Salmond to rally his troops ahead of the Scottish Independence vote in September.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon is at the conference. He sent us this report following Alex Salmond's speech earlier today.
Alex Salmond will open the SNP party conference later today. MSPs from across the country are heading to Aberdeen for the meeting.
The party's deputy leader, Nicola Sturgeon will also speak at the event. It's the last meeting of it's scale before the independence vote in September.
Chancellor George Osborne's expected to rule out the possibility of an independent Scotland keeping the pound when he makes a speech in Edinburgh later.
Nationalists say the UK government is bluffing and that a currency union is the best option.
The treasury spokesman of the Scottish National Party accused the Chancellor of "bullying tactics" today, after reports that the main Westminster parties would refuse a currency union in the event of a vote for Scottish independence.
Speaking on the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, Stewart Hosie said a refusal to reach a deal on using the pound sterling could result in Scotland not accepting a share of the UK's national debt. He said:
"The UK Government themselves two weeks ago when they made their announcement said that the debt was UK debt and they had to honour it.
Now we are perfectly happy to service and pay our share of that but the discussions on the liabilities, including the national debt, go hand in glove with the assets, which includes the Bank of England and a currency union. And George Osborne can't have it both ways.
"It's bullying, it's panic in the No campaign, it's utterly bizarre and it will backfire."
Scotland would not need permission to continue using the pound despite the Chancellor's view on the issue, and could continue with the currency in the same way countries like Panama and Ecuador use the US dollar, Sam Bowman from the Adam Smith Institute said today.
An independent Scotland would not need England’s permission to continue using the pound sterling, and in fact would be better off using the pound without such permission.
There is very little that an English government would actually be able to do to stop Scottish people from continuing to use the pound sterling if they wanted to.
Scotland’s position would be closer to that of countries like Panama, Ecuador and El Salvador, which use the US Dollar without American “permission”, and, according to research by the Federal Reserve of Atlanta, consequentially have far more prudent and stable financial systems than if they were part of a formal currency union.
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hit out at reports that the three major parties in Westminster were planning to issue warnings that an independent Scotland would not be able to keep the pound.
Speaking to BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme, the Westminster establishment had gone from David Cameron's "love bombing" back to "bullying and intimidation."
"It is a bluff, because if this was to be the position of the Westminster government then it would put them in a position that's at odds with majority public opinion in Scotland, it would put them at odds with majority public opinion in England.
"It would cost their own businesses hundreds of millions of pounds, it would blow a massive hole in their balance of payments and it would leave them having to pick up the entirety of UK debt."