Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote
Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon today questioned the possibility of additional powers for the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote.
In the first major independence speech of 2014, Ms Sturgeon also said that this year's referendum is "not between change and no change" and asked people in Scotland to consider the consequences of a No vote.
Speaking in St Andrews, she said: "There are many questions that need to be answered by the No campaign. They deserve to be answered - not for my benefit, but for yours. To enable you to make an informed decision.
"Let me pose just a few: What new powers is the Scottish Parliament guaranteed to get if we vote No - given that there is no consensus on this within the various anti-independence parties, let alone between them? Will the Barnett formula be retained for the long term? Or will the demands from politicians in all of the UK parties for it to be reviewed or scrapped lead to a cut in Scotland's budget?"
She added: "It is important to remember that the referendum is not a choice between change and no change. It is about choosing the kind of change we want for Scotland and who we want to be in the driving seat of it - ourselves or Westminster.
"It is a choice between two futures. That means that the consequences of both a Yes vote and No vote need to be considered carefully. And that means both the Yes and the No campaigns have an obligation to inform"
The Deputy First Minister also challenged the No campaign to publish its equivalent of the White Paper during her speech at St Andrews University.
Dennis Canavan, Chairman of Yes Scotland’s Advisory Board, has written to Alistair Darling, of the No camp, challenging him to back with proof his jam-tomorrow promises and claims in a new No poster campaign.
To be launched on Monday, the No campaign advert mentions more powers for the Scottish Parliament, something Mr Canavan is asking Alistair Darling to confirm by providing an example of three new powers.
The new phase of the Yes Scotland promotional campaign - which was launched at the beginning of March - goes live next week with a series of new billboard posters and newspaper adverts.
As the polls continue to narrow, the latest material from Yes stresses key arguments that Scotland "can, should and must" be independent.
Yes Scotland welcomes an ICM poll in Scotland on Sunday and a Survation poll in the Sunday Post today. The ICM poll shows the highest support for Yes so far in the referendum campaign - 48 per cent when "don't knows" are excluded. The Sunday Post poll records the narrowest gap between Yes and No of any Survation poll so far, and also shows that people regard the Yes campaign as the most trustworthy and positive of the two.
Recently the Scottish Greens published a set of ideas for revitalising local government and local democracy. The party, which has councillors in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian and Stirling, has called for a move towards much smaller units of government that would be able to raise the majority of their funding locally.