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For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, visit our dedicated referendum website. Picture: TSPL
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CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.

The ‘Yes’ camp have received a boost after a new Survation poll showed that the ‘No’ camp’s lead has been cut in half since the second TV debate.

The gap between the sides is down to six percentage points, with 53 per cent of decided voter backing the Union and 47 per cent in favour of independence.

In other news, tennis ace Andy Murray has said he would be ”happy” to represent Scotland at the Rio Olympics in 2016, but that he does not believe the country will vote for independence.

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Every day we highlight some of the most interesting and talked-about articles on the Scottish independence referendum - here are some of today’s best pieces, as featured on our Indyref microsite.

Joyce McMillan: All of a-Twitter over the referendum

Social media is making the campaigning of traditional parties look old-fashioned and lumbering, writes Joyce McMillan in this Scotsman column.

Scottish independence and the future of the BBC

Broadcasting has been a key issue in the referendum campaign, but what might happen to the BBC if Scotland votes for independence, and what would replace the corporation? We take a look in our latest explainer article.

Are election selfies illegal?

Kenny Murray of Weber Shandwick looks at the rules around photographing the referendum vote, and asks whether taking an ‘indyref selfie’ is against the law.

Carl Miller: Number-crunched – the Scottish independence debate on Twitter

Carl Miller of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the Demos think-tank looks at the social media reaction to this week’s debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

Mark Hennessy: Islanders get the message on independence

Mark Hennessy of the Irish Times visits Millport as Nicola Sturgeon makes a campaign visit to the island to press the case for a ‘Yes’ vote in next month’s referendum.

John Curtice: ‘Yes’ bounce back in Survation poll after BBC debate

Polling expert Professor John Curtice looks at the latest Survation poll, which shows the ‘Yes’ camp getting a boost from the second televised debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

David Officer: 11 reasons a Yes vote will improve democracy

David Officer of National Collective gives 11 reasons for supporting a ‘Yes’ vote in next month’s referendum, from government reform to decentralisation of the UK economy.

Peter Preston: In Scotland or Catalonia, the pitch is for change without much difference

The Guardian’s Peter Preston reflects on the nationalist movements in Catalonia and Scotland ahead of next month’s Scottish independence vote, and describes the rise of nationalist sentiment across Europe at a time where national boundaries seem less important than ever.