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Yes and No campaigns thank voters after polls close

Both the Yes and No campaigns have been thanking voters who turned out to cast their ballot in today's historic referendum.

Yes Scotland leader Alex Salmond's Twitter account carried a banner saying simply 'Thank you' while his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted:

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont tweeted:

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Salmond: This is our opportunity of a lifetime

First Minister Alex Salmond has said tomorrow's referendum is Scotland's "opportunity of a lifetime."

In his final speech ahead of the vote, Salmond said the reason the referendum was going ahead is because the Westminster politicians "thought they had it in the bag."

First Minister Alex Salmond speaks in Perth. Credit: ITV News

"They thought all they had to do was agree to see off Scotland and then it wouldn't matter, and therefore we can have no assurance that we would ever have such a chance again," he said.

"This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands".

Salmond hails 'most exciting day in Scottish democracy'

First Minister Alex Salmond has said today marks "the eve of the most exciting day in Scottish democracy".

Making his final speech ahead of tomorrow's Scottish referendum, Salmond said: "We meet here not to celebrate, not to presume, not to pre-empt.

First Minister Alex Salmond speaks in Perth. Credit: ITV News

"The latest poll has us on 49% - that means that we are the underdogs in this campaign as we always have been."

"We must do our utmost until 10pm tomorrow evening to persuade our fellow citizens that independence is the right road forward for Scotland."

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Salmond suggests Tories have different views in private

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has told ITV News he believes the private words said by Tory politicians "are probably more convincing than the public words".

Highlighting leaked comments reportedly made by a senior cabinet minister, Salmond told Political Editor Tom Bradby: "The question for Scotland is do we believe the Conservative Party when they're speaking privately?

"Or do we believe them when they're trying to intimidate people in Scotland?"

Salmond: Underdogs have a habit of winning sometimes

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said the Yes campaign may still be the underdog in the referendum, but added, "Underdogs have a habit of winning sometimes".

Alex Salmond meets shoppers at East Kilbride Shopping Centre on the last day of campaigning. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Scotland's First Minister signs autographs the day before the historic referendum. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Shoppers crowd around Alex Salmond as he leaves East Kilbride Shopping Centre. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Salmond: 191 currencies around the world make it work

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond appears confident that a Scottish currency could work, telling ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby:

Salmond: Tories' 'private words' more convincing than public ones

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has told ITV News the "private words" of Conservative politicians are more convincing than their public statements.

ITV News Westminster Producer Adam Smith wrote on Twitter:

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