A week before Scotland votes on whether to split from the United Kingdom, a furious row has erupted over just how much oil the new state would have.
The heart of Britain’s energy industry is in Scotland. Oil and gas firms, and their suppliers, employ about 200,000 people and contribute about £15 billion ($25 billion) to the economy.
Around 90% of U.K. oil comes from areas that are likely to be claimed by an independent Scotland, and that energy wealth is central to the economic program put forward by its backers.
For decades, supporters of Scotland’s independence have accused London of squandering taxes paid on oil and gas extracted from below the North Sea.
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