Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate have seized on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.

The pledge, signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, also promises equitable sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula – the method used to determine the distribution of public spending around the UK.

The Yes campaign described it as an “insult” to voters and asked why it had taken so long to offer.

“Better Together” said it was “a vision around which Scotland can unite”.

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The first part of the agreement promises “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament “delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed” by the three parties.

The second says the leaders agree that “the UK exists to ensure opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably.”

The third “categorically states” that the final say on funding for the NHS will lie with the Scottish government “because of the continuation of the Barnett allocation for resources, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue”.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon derided the timing and sincerity of the pledge.

She said: “If there was a serious intention to deliver more powers, why hasn’t that happened before now?

“Tory MPs, including Christopher Chope, have already said they would block more powers. If we vote No there are no guarantees at all.”

She added: “They [the pro-Union parties] are treating voters in Scotland with contempt.”

Asked how a Yes vote guarantee “better lives” for people in Scotland, Ms Sturgeon replied: “Independence is not a magic wand, but it is a massive opportunity.

Almost two-thirds of adults in England and Wales want to see Scotland remain a part of the United Kingdom, a poll has found.

The TNS survey found 63% think Scotland should not be an independent country, with 18% in favour of independence and 19% unsure.

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