Scotland prepares for day of destiny

Scotland's decision day has arrived, with voters north of the border going to the polls today to determine if the country should remain part of the United Kingdom or not.

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Andy Murray swayed by No campaign 'negativity'

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has broken his silence on the Scottish referendum, announcing his support for independence on Twitter:

He has been quizzed on the issue previously but dodged the question, although in an interview in June he did criticise Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond for waving the country's flag at the tournament last year.


Scottish Independence and the currency choice

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has stuck top his guns right to the end, that an independent Scotland will share the pound. But if he's wrong what are the other options?

For the latest in our series of reports on the referendum's key battlegrounds, ITV News Economics Editor, Richard Edgar, reports on Scotland's currency choice:

Campaigns make final rallying cries ahead of Scotland vote

The closeness of the Scottish referendum race continues right until the end according to the latest polls.

In the closing hours of campaigning, ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports on both sides' final rallying cries:


Poll suggests Scottish support for staying in UK at 52%

Scottish support for remaining in the UK is at 52%, according to the latest YouGov poll for The Times and The Sun.

Of the Scots surveyed, 48% said they supported Scotland becoming an independent country.

No supporters at George Square in Glasgow, ahead of the Scottish referendum. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

YouGov said the poll showed men were much more supportive of independence while most women broadly supported staying in the UK.

The polling company questioned 3,237 voters between 15 and 17 September.

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".

Police separate Yes and No supporters in Glasgow

A Police cordon around supporters of the No campaign.

A police cordon separated rival supporters of the Yes and No campaigns this evening in the centre of Glasgow.

The Yes campaign was holding a rally in St George's Square.

The Yes campaign were holding a rally in St George's Square this evening, with a group of pro-union supporters arriving to stage a counter-demonstration.

The pro-union supporters sit down in the street surrounded by officers.

The No supporters sang God Save The Queen and waved Union Jacks, but were kept away from the Yes camp by police officers.

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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