Inside Scotland's Parliament

Behind the scenes of Scotland's Parliament in Edinburgh on the day of the last session before the independence referendum. [20 photos total]

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A view of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. Several recent polls have shown support for independence pushing higher. But the most recent "poll of polls", on Aug. 15, which was based on an average of the last six polls and excluded undecided respondents, found support for a breakaway stood at 43 percent against 57 percent for remaining within Britain. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Security Officer Amanda Conners stands in front of a coat of arms bearing the motto "No one crosses me and gets away with it" at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. Several recent polls have shown support for independence pushing higher. But the most recent "poll of polls", on Aug. 15, which was based on an average of the last six polls and excluded undecided respondents, found support for a breakaway stood at 43 percent against 57 percent for remaining within Britain. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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People gather in the foyer of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (L) walks to a meeting on the last day of Parliament before the September 18th independence referendum in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (R) waits for a lift at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Political editor of BBC Scotland Brian Taylor poses for a photograph in a recording booth in the BBC office inside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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MSP Graeme Dey poses for a photograph in a thinking pod in his office at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Men walk through part of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Members of the Scottish Parliament sit for the last First Minister's Questions before the September 18th independence referendum, in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (R) speaks during the last First Minister's Questions before the September 18th independence referendum, in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seen on a television monitor making a speech during the last session of parliament before the September 18th independence referendum, in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Maintenance engineer Ian Anderson works in the lower basement of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Maintenance engineer Ian Anderson works in the lower basement of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Studio staff work in the broadcasting studio of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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MSP Christian Allard is interviewed in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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Jennifer Graham welcomes people at the visitor information desk of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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MSPs and senior police officers attend a justice sub-committee on policing at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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A man wearing a kilt reads notes at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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A view of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
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A view of the exterior of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #

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