Scots have until 10 o'clock tonight to vote for or against independence and both Yes Scotland and the Better Together campaign have voiced their last minute pleas for support.

"Independence is not a magic wand," said Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond.

"Are there things that go wrong for any nation? Yes, of course there are. Are there challenges to overcome? Undoubtedly. But my question is this: who better to meet these challenges for this nation than the people who live and work in this nation?"

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "We built the peace together, we built the health service together, we built the welfare state together, we will build the future together."

"And what we have built together, by sacrificing and sharing, let no narrow nationalism split us under, ever," he added.