The Last Week In Quotes

After more than three years of debates and campaigning it all boils down to 15 crucial hours at the polling stations.

Politicians on both sides of the independence referendum have ramped up their efforts to win votes in the last few days.

We take a look back at what they've been saying:

David CameronPrime Minister David Cameron

"I care far more about my country than I do about my party. I care hugely about this extraordinary country, this United Kingdom that we've built together. I would be heartbroken if this family of nations that we've put together was torn apart."

Alex SalmondFirst Minister Alex Salmond

"The breadth and reach of the Yes campaign is there for all to see, it's not about the Scottish National Party, the Green Party, it goes right through every sector of Scottish society."

Ed MilibandLabour Leader Ed Miliband

"Please stay with us. Stay with us because we are stronger together. Stay with us so we can change Britain together."


Nick CleggDeputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

"Whatever the result on the 18th, even if Scotland votes to remain part of the UK, let's be clear, the status quo has gone, not only for Scotland but for the whole of the UK."

Alex SalmondFirst Minister Alex Salmond

"Scotland is on the cusp of making history... Scotland will vote Yes next Thursday and they will vote Yes because last minute, cobbled up promises from the No campaign which unravel at the slightest scrutiny will not fool anyone in this country and neither will the blatant bullying and intimidation of the Westminster Government. The No campaign is in terminal decline. In contrast a Yes vote is the opportunity of a lifetime."

Nigel FarageUKIP Leader Nigel Farage

"I have absolutely no doubt that if (devo max) had been on the ballot paper it would have secured a large majority of the votes. However, arrogant as Edward II was at Bannockburn, Cameron has walked straight into this long planned ambush."

Sir Menzies CampbellSir Menzies Campbell MP

"We are now three short days away from facing the biggest decision of our lifetime. The iron man equivalent of political campaigns is drawing nearer towards the finishing line. The choice is clear. People can either vote to leave the UK, with all the risks and uncertainties that independence offers. Or they can vote for a stronger and safer Scottish Parliament within the UK."

Eddie IzzardComedian Eddie Izzard

"We would really love you to stay with us. You will make your own decisions, it's totally up to you, but if you vote No thank you then you will get more powers, so why not try it rather than separating from us forever?"

Nicola SturgeonDeputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

"It's a joy to be part of this campaign. This country is alive, it's engaged, it's enthused, it's informed - everybody is talking about it, everyone is interested in it. People who have never voted before in their lives are eager to vote on Thursday. People who wouldn't usually give politicians the time of day queue up in the streets for selfies."

Gordon BrownFormer Prime Minister Gordon Brown

"This cannot be a trial separation, this is bound to be a messy and expensive and costly and difficult divorce."



Nicola SturgeonDeputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

"I'm the granddaughter of an Englishwoman, I have family in England. We're going to continue to be part of the family of nations that make up the British Isles. We will work closely and co-operatively with our friends across these islands but we'll do so on the basis of equality, we'll do so knowing that we're responsible for the decisions that shape our future, that we're responsible for our own money as a country and we can decide the priorities for spending that money."

Dennis CanavanYes Scotland Chair Dennis Canavan

"A vow - it looks like something written on the back of a fag packet at the fag end of a long campaign. But the people of Scotland will not be fooled."


Elaine C SmithActress Elaine C Smith

''What it takes to change the world is a pencil and a piece of paper on a ballot, and putting your cross on Yes can change the world."


David CameronPrime Minister David Cameron

"We want you to stay. Head and heart and soul, we want you to stay. Please don't mix up the temporary and the permanent. Please don't think: 'I'm frustrated with politics right now, so I'll walk out the door and never come back'. If you don't like me - I won't be here forever. If you don't like this Government - it won't last forever. But if you leave the UK - that will be forever."

Alex SalmondFirst Minister Alex Salmond

"We've had the kitchen sink and quite a bit of the living room thrown at us by Downing Street and the London establishment. That makes us the underdogs. However, as we know in life, in politics and certainly in this festival of democracy, underdogs have a habit of winning sometimes."

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