The leaders of the yes and no campaigns are making their final pitches in the Scottish referendum campaign ahead of Thursday’s historic vote, with the first minister Alex Salmond saying Scotland would be the “envy of the world” if it votes to leave the UK. The three latest pollsfrom ICM, Opinium and Survation suggest the no campaign has a slight lead, showing support for independence at about 48% and those backing the union at about 52%. Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, said the vote would go “right down to the wire”. With just under 24 hours to go before polls open, campaigners will be out in force across Scotland making their final pleas and delivering millions of leaflets in an attempt to swing undecided voters.
Ed Miliband is due to make a series of campaigning visits over the next two days and Gordon Brown is leading a rally in Glasgow on Wednesday morning, as Labour battles to save the 307-year-old union in a part of the country that it considers part of its core constituency.
The Westminster party leaders have unveiled a package of devolution measures and made a promise to keep the Barnett formula, which ensures 19% more spending per head for Scots than the English, in a last-minute attempt to save the union.
The yes campaign is targeting older voters who are more likely to say no to independence and holding a rally of celebrity supporters in Glasgow. Salmond is giving a final speech in Perth on Wednesday night, after writing an impassioned open letter to Scotland urging people to vote so that they wake up on Friday in a better country.