CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.
TODAY’S MAIN NEWS:
Finance secretary John Swinney has claimed that a vote against independence will lead to years of austerity for Scots. Mr Swinney signalled earlier this week that he is ready to borrow billions of pounds after a Yes vote in order to avoid another climate of austerity.
Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale has pulled out of co-hosting a BBC radio show on the independence debate. The Labour MSP had been lined up to host the show alongside former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson.
COMMENT AND ANALYSIS:
Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of our favourites so far today.
• Yes Scotland has maintained its lead on social media in the latest analysis by What Scotland Thinks. The pro-independence campaign is winning the battle on Facebook and Twitter, according to new data.
• The Scotsman’s political editor Tom Peterkin looks at the developing debate around devolution, in the wake of John Major’s comments earlier this week.
• Australia-based Scot Richard Ferguson gives his view on the independence referendum debate in this piece for the ABC News website.
• Alistair Carmichael has called on businesses to make their feelings heard on independence. He made the call in an interview with business network CNBC - watch the video here.
• Why does China care about Scottish Independence? That’s the question posed by Simon Engler in his piece for Foreign Policy magazine.