Millions of Scots will go to the polls today to vote on Independence.
For months now a fierce battle between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaign groups has raged throughout Scotland, on TV, radio and social media, but at 10pm tonight the polls will close and the fate of the Union will be decided.
The following 8-9 hours will see 32 local government areas count the votes and then report their results to the chief counting officer at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, who will verify them and authorise local announcements.
A final declaration of the national result will be made by the chief counting officer in Ingliston, following receipt and verification of all 32 local totals, which should be around 6.30-7.30am on Friday Morning.
The BBC, ITV and Sky News will have live coverage of the vote throughout tonight into Friday morning.
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Huw Edwards will present the BBC’s main coverage. He’ll be joined by BBC political editor Nick Robinson and Scotland 2014’s Sarah Smith, who’ll provide expert commentary.
Jeremy Vine will be doing his usual virtual reality graphics analyse, detailing how the vote is building up throughout the night.
There’ll be political correspondents reporting live from every count in Scotland – led by Andrew Marr at the central count in Edinburgh. Andrew Neil has the reaction from Westminster and political teams in Wales and Northern Ireland cover the impact this decision will have on the rest of the United Kingdom.
Coverage begins at 10.40pm on BBC One and BBC News Channel.
ITV / STV
ITV will simulcast STV’s Independence Referendum coverage from 10.40pm.
Bernard Ponsonby and Aasmah Mir will front the live coverage of the Independence Referendum with STV’s news teams reporting live from all 32 declarations across Scotland as they happen through the night.
A panel of leading politicians and analysts will be on hand to comment.
At 6am, Good Morning Britain takes over with a 4-hour-long special programme.
Decision Time: Scotland will comprise of Adam Boulton in Ingliston, Kay Burley in Glasgow and Niall Paterson in Aberdeen.
Sky will also be live at all 32 counts with Economics Editor Ed Conway, in the studio working through what the latest results could mean for the future of the country.
Political Correspondent Sophy Ridge will be joining him to assess the social media reaction to the vote with a panel of guests.
The main results programme starts at 9pm on Sky News.
All three networks will also have live coverage on the BBC News website, STV, and SkyNews.com
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