The hour has arrived in the UK as all eyes turn north, some with trepidation, as Scotland goes to the polls to decide on its future as a nation.
Voting has begun quietly in the earliest hours, but with 97% of the electorate registered to take part, electoral officials are expecting a busy day before the polls close tonight.
Wednesday night saw the final campaigning and televised debates, which showed that at the eleventh hour many people remained undecided. However the energy and conviction appears to be pouring from the SNP – led charge to freedom, and its leader Alex Salmond’s confidence appears rock-solid. The No camp appeared subdued, worried, and in at least one of last night’s big public debates, harangued on every side.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown has put in a series of vintage performances in the last week in defence of the Union. Today will see if his fellow Scots have heard his message.