Border controls being discussed

The Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that an independent Scotland COULD be forced to introduce border controls with England.

Controls at the Border?

The Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that an independent Scotland COULD be forced to introduce border controls with England.

He says there's no guarantee the border will be allowed to remain open. But the SNP dismissed the claim as scaremongering and said it would be 'common sense' to keep the arrangements for free movement. Our political reporter Kathryn Samson has this report.

Checkpoints for English/Scottish border?

The Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that an independent Scotland COULD be forced to introduce border controls with England.

The SNP dismissed the claim as scaremongering and said it would be 'common sense' to keep the arrangements for free movement and asked him to 'drop the scaremongering'.

"This is utter nonsense from Alistair Carmichael he must think people in Scotland button up the back .

"People are not daft there will be no border controls between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK, how do we know that because there are no border controls between England, the UK and independent Ireland because that's in the best intereset of their economies and the societies of both the UK and Ireland."

– Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Deputy First Minister

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Border controls between Scotland and England?

The impact an independent Scotland would have on border controls is the subject of a fresh row.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael's launching a new report which doesn't rule out the prospect of formal controls between England and Scotland.

The SNP has dismissed it as scaremongering but Carlisle MP John Stevenson says controls aren't out of the question: