The debate over how an independent Scotland would defend itself is reignited today by an open letter signed by more than 400 former servicemen and women who claim that leaving the UK would leave the country’s military “irresponsibly weakened”.
The future of Scotland will be decided by the Scots. Or will it? Under the terms of the Edinburgh agreement, which set out the rules of this week’s referendum, eligibility to take part in this week’s vote is broadly similar to those governing normal Scottish parliamentary or council elections.
David Cameron has made an emotional plea to the people of Scotland to reject independence, telling them that the UK was not just “any old country” and that millions of people would be “utterly heartbroken” if it was broken up.