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Richard Baker, a member of the Scottish parliament for the country's North East region, posing outside the anti-independence Better Together office in Union Street, in Aberdeen, the country's oil and gas industry centre. Issues surrounding oil and gas has been one of the key political battlegrounds between supporters of Scottish independence and those who prefer Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom. On the 18th of September 2014, the people of Scotland voted in a referendum to decide whether the country's union with England should continue or Scotland should become an independent nation once again and leave the United Kingdom.