Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, a Borders MP, has accused the Scottish Government of creating a distraction from the bigger issues.
"Once again, they are devoting their energy to the picture-frame when they don't have a painting to put in it.
"We have not even got a date for the referendum, let alone any detail on what independence would mean for people in areas like the economy, welfare, energy and financial services.
"We have already been setting out our views in public on the issue of the post-referendum process.
"We will spell out further thoughts on this process in our forthcoming analysis papers, including our first paper, in February."
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Mainly dry. Light rain out of thicker cloud over hills. Breezy at times and cooler than average
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.
Pictures from the commemoration marking the centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster, which killed more than 200 people, is underway.