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Scottish and English oil and energy reserves

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People often ask, how much of the oil/gas etc in the North Sea would Scotland get if it became independent. The North Sea is already legally divided into a Scottish sector and an English sector. It has to be as Scots law is different to English law.

The relevant law is The Continental Shelf (Jurisdictional) Order 1968.

Currently this places 90% of the oil in Scottish waters, however this percentage is gradually growing as new fields open up to the North of present fields and also to the West of the mainland.

The SNP advocate dividing the North Sea assets based on the 55.50' latitude or upon international legal principles of equidistance.

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