A bakery employee places a ‘question mark’ cupcake between a Scottish Saltire cake and a Union cupcake at a bakery in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

‘Scotsman’ poll puts the No side at 52 percentage points, while Yes is at 48 points

Louise Richardson, principal of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Photograph: Robert Ormerod/The New York Times

Salmond tried to force Waterford-born Prof Louise Richardson to withdraw warnings

British prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Aberdeen yesterday: “On Friday, people could be living in a different country, with a different place in the world and a different future ahead of it.” Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

A Yes vote in independence poll would be a ‘once and for all’ decision to leave the UK

The former head of the British army, Lord Dannatt, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that 100 Scots had died serving with the British Army in Northern Ireland in “a bloody fight” fought “to keep Scotland as part of a United Kingdom that included Northern Ireland”. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA.

Lord Dannatt accused of turning Scottish soldiers’ deaths in NI to political advantage

Voters concerned in “the face of a robust Yes campaign”.

Supporters of a No vote gathered yesterday on a cricket pitch

Queen Elizabeths
 has until now 
avoided entering the referendum debate. Photograph: Fred Thornhill/Reuters

Monarch’s remarks end silence on issue as opinion polls show result too close to call

 Orangemen and women march at Saturday’s  pro-union parade in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Better Together campaign distances itself from 15,000 strong march in Edinburgh

British prime minister David Cameron said the UK “cannot ignore” the threat posed by the Islamic State group, he said. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Declaration follows release of video showing killing of kidnapped aid worker David Haines

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister. Photograph: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Next week’s referendum will show if first minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond has played his cards right

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