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Scottish Referendum - Independence Or Union - 16 Sep 2014 
Reuters photographer took portraits of people in Scotland and England and asked them what they thought about the Scottish referendum. Scotland votes in a referendum on independence on September 18, 2014. Nationalists say Scotland will be better off if it ends 307 years of direct rule from London, where they say politicians ignore their views and needs. Unionists, or "No" campaigners, say Scotland is more secure and prosperous as part of the United Kingdom and breaking it up would destroy three centuries of shared history, stroke secessionist movements across Europe and sow financial, economic and political uncertainty about the future of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Polls show the two sides are running neck-and-neck. 
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September 16, 2014 
Corporate Affairs Manager Samantha Bartholomew, 36, poses in her living room in London September 12,... 
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Corporate Affairs Manager Samantha Bartholomew poses in her living room in London 
Corporate Affairs Manager Samantha Bartholomew, 36, poses in her living room in London September 12, 2014. Bartholomew said "I'm incredibly proud to be Scottish. I think Scotland is an amazing country with a very strong national identity and I think by being part of the union it gets the best of both worlds. Therefore I think Scotland should vote no. That comes with the caveat that if I was currently living in Scotland and had a vote, it would be a very difficult decision to make and it's possible I would be swayed by the Yes campaign. In some ways I wonder if Scotland should just throw caution to the wind and go for it ... Whatever the outcome of the vote, I hope to move back to Scotland with my family one day. My gut feeling at the moment is NO!"" The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
Lewis MacAskill, 23, a university graduate poses for a photograph in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in... 
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Lewis MacAskill, a university graduate, poses for a photograph in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the... 
Lewis MacAskill, 23, a university graduate poses for a photograph in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides September 13, 2014. MacAskill said, "I want to a see a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. A country that can take care of its own people, can take care of its sick and fallen on hard times. I don't want to be lumbered with Tory governments we never voted for." The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton 
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September 16, 2014 
Retired department store employee Alvan Melbourne, 83, poses in his kitchen in London September 12, 2014.... 
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Retired department store employee Alvan Melbourne, poses in his kitchen in London 
Retired department store employee Alvan Melbourne, 83, poses in his kitchen in London September 12, 2014. The retiree has never been to Scotland, but thinks that it should remain part of the United Kingdom. "It's sad, why don't they want to be with us anymore?", he said. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
Designer Vivienne Westwood, wearing a "Yes" badge and waving a Scottish flag in reference to Scotland's... 
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Designer Vivienne Westwood, wearing a "Yes" badge and waving a Scottish flag, poses backstage before... 
Designer Vivienne Westwood, wearing a "Yes" badge and waving a Scottish flag in reference to Scotland's independence referendum, poses backstage before the presentation of her Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week September 14, 2014. Westwood, 73, said "It would be absolutely great if there is a 'yes' vote...the future could be just amazing and Scotland would be very important and an influence on the world." REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
Alexander Technique student Ruth, 39, who is originally from Scotland, poses in her sitting room with... 
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Alexander Technique student Ruth, who is originally from Scotland, poses in her sitting room with a chart... 
Alexander Technique student Ruth, 39, who is originally from Scotland, poses in her sitting room with a chart she made to express why she thinks Scotland should vote no to independence in London September 13, 2014. Ruth said "We are better together, we have been united so many years and they (the "Yes" campaign) haven't made their case." REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
Stylist, writer and London Fashion Week attendee Josie Smith, 29, who is originally from Scotland, poses... 
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Stylist, writer and London Fashion Week attendee Josie Smith, who is originally from Scotland, poses... 
Stylist, writer and London Fashion Week attendee Josie Smith, 29, who is originally from Scotland, poses outside Somerset House in London September 13, 2014. Smith, who is originally from Scotland, thinks a lot of people are scared of change, which is likely to stop them voting "Yes", however, she feels it would be foolish to assume that independence will resolve all of the Scotland's issues. She adds that many move south of the border where there is a wider range of jobs, but independence could give Scotland the opportunity to attract more businesses. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
Writer Julie Threapleton, 41, who grew up in Canada, poses in her back garden in London September 12,... 
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Writer Julie Threapleton poses in her back garden in London 
Writer Julie Threapleton, 41, who grew up in Canada, poses in her back garden in London September 12, 2014. "I do not believe the Scottish people will be better off as a sovereign nation. Nor do I think oil should be the deciding factor. Resources deplete. People don't." Threapleton compared Scotland's situation to Quebec's 1995 referendum, which she described as "neck and neck". She said concerns over the future of Quebec's economy eventually led to a "No" vote, although the provincial government gained more power. She hopes that Scotland will follow the same path. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 
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September 16, 2014 
"Yes" voter Jack Cunningham, 19, poses for a photograph while holding a Saltire flag in Edinburgh, Scotland... 
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"Yes" voter Jack Cunningham poses for a photograph while holding a Saltire flag in Edinburgh 
"Yes" voter Jack Cunningham, 19, poses for a photograph while holding a Saltire flag in Edinburgh, Scotland September 12, 2014. According to Cunningham, who works as a sales assistant in a gaming shop, " I really want nuclear weapons out the country. Cameron and his colleagues are too upper class. It's nothing against English - I just think we should run our own affairs." REUTERS/Paul Hackett 
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September 16, 2014 
"No" voter Ken Brown, a retired chemical plant manager, poses for a photograph with a Union flag on the... 
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"No" voter Ken Brown, a retired chemical plant manager, poses for a photograph with a Union flag on the... 
"No" voter Ken Brown, a retired chemical plant manager, poses for a photograph with a Union flag on the beach at Troon, Ayrshire September 15, 2014. Brown said, "I think that as a country we are much better together. Scotland is quite socialist by nature and that will have to be paid through higher taxation." REUTERS/Paul Hackett 
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September 16, 2014 
"Yes" voter Margaret Ann MacLeod, 46, a dental hygienist, poses on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle... 
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"Yes" voter Margaret Ann MacLeod, a dental hygienist, poses on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle... 
"Yes" voter Margaret Ann MacLeod, 46, a dental hygienist, poses on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides September 13, 2014. "Very simply I want the people of Scotland to make decisions for Scotland," said MacLeod. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton 
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September 16, 2014 
"No" voter Minnie Torrens poses for a photograph with the Union flag in Troon, Ayrshire September 15,... 
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"No" voter Minnie Torrens poses for a photograph with the Union flag in Troon, Ayrshire 
"No" voter Minnie Torrens poses for a photograph with the Union flag in Troon, Ayrshire September 15, 2014. She said, "I am from Northern Ireland originally but have lived in Scotland for 26 years and think we all benefit from the Union. Also as a tribute to Dr. Paisley who just passed away I will vote no." REUTERS/Paul Hackett 
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September 16, 2014 
Bob Duncan, 56, a software engineer, poses for a photograph on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle... 
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Bob Duncan, a software engineer, poses for a photograph on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis... 
Bob Duncan, 56, a software engineer, poses for a photograph on the dockside in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides September 13, 2014. "The main reason is the democratic deficit. I want to make sure Scotland always gets the government we elect," said Duncan. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton 
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