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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Scottish independence would lead to passport checks at Border, confirms minister

An immigration minister has told a House of Commons committee that Scotland leaving the EU would lead to passport checks on rail and roads on the English border.

Conservative MP James Brokenshire made the claims at a commons select committee meeting, saying that border controls would have to be introduced if Scotland took a “markedly different” policy on immigration to the rest of the UK.

The claims follow a January Government report on the borders and citizenship of Scotland that stated an independent Scotland would have to take control of its own borders.

Last March, speculation over the impact of independence led Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, to call for voters to support the Union.

Home Secretary Theresa May had earlier suggested that Scotland gaining independence could also lead to mass immigration problems.

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couldn't care less which way the vote goes...really not bothered...Im more interested in ditching that huge money drain called the EU..now this is seriously harming the UK economy in more ways than one..

Posted by Mrs W on 24 April 2014 at 10:57

I am worried as to how this will effect the uk economy. Surely losing Scotland would hurt us?

Posted by jp on 20 April 2014 at 22:10

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