Labour says will look at border posts with independent Scotland

EDINBURGH Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:24pm BST

Swiss tourists take photographs next to a road that marks the England - Scotland border, at a lay-by on the A1 road near Berwick August 20, 2013.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

Swiss tourists take photographs next to a road that marks the England - Scotland border, at a lay-by on the A1 road near Berwick August 20, 2013.

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A Scottish vote for independence may result in border checks on the boundary with England under a Labour government, the opposition leader said on Friday, joining the ruling Conservatives in casting doubt on separatists' hopes for an open border.

Scotland votes in a referendum on Sept. 18 over whether or not to separate from the rest of the UK and end a 307-year-old union with England.

While the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) says there will still be free movement of people across the border between Scotland and England, Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May said in March she favoured imposing passport checks.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Friday that the SNP's vision of a different immigration policy for Scotland under independence could be incompatible with an open border.

"We would have to look at the issue of a border if you have different immigration policies," Miliband said.

On Thursday, senior Labour politician Ed Balls said border posts with an independent Scotland would be inevitable.

A Panelbase poll in December last year showed over three quarters of Britons outside of Scotland would support continued freedom of movement across the border.

(The story was refiled to add dropped "year-old" in second paragraph)

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (3)
pavlaki wrote:
Ii do not see why this would be necessary? We have had Ireland as an independent neighbour for many years without border controles.

Jun 27, 2014 7:42pm BST  --  Report as abuse
ScotFree1320 wrote:
More threats from Bitter Together. Project fear has nothing positive to offer the people of Scotland.

Vote YES on 18th Sept.

Jun 28, 2014 8:36am BST  --  Report as abuse
emartin wrote:
and who does mr megaband think will pay for all these non-jobs and pensions for life?

Jun 28, 2014 9:17am BST  --  Report as abuse
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