Alex Salmond is set to resign from the Scottish National Party and as First Minister, he has announced.
Alex Salmond has pledged to "work constructively" will all parties to secure greater devolution for Scotland.
Referring to pledges from the pro-union parties to give the Scottish Parliament greater powers, he said "Scotland will expect these to be honoured in rapid course".
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has begun by saying "Thank you to Scotland for 1.6 million votes for Scottish independence."
He conceded that Scots voted against independence, saying "I accept that verdict". He called on all of Scotland to accept it as well.
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:
So that's that. Polls have closed. What an amazing, emotional, inspirational day of democracy this has been. Now we wait. #indyref
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont tweeted:
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."
"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".
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.
"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."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond was given rapturous applause as he began his final speech ahead of tomorrow's referendum.
Salmond smiled as he was met with chants of, "Yes we can. Yes we can", echoing the US presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
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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?"
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".