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Expanding on the issue of borders with the rest of the UK, Alex Salmond says there would be no border controls on travelling from England or Ireland.
But he said there would be controls on people arriving from outside that common travel area.
Minister for Immigration Mark Harper says he will consider more rigorous checks at borders after a report warned that thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to get into the UK through France have not been fingerprinted for four years.
The report by the Chief Inspector of Borders said records need to be kept in case some people later try to claim asylum in the UK.
The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has told ITV Daybreak that a loophole in immigration checks on people entering Britain is "still an issue" and recommends detention facilities at London's St Pancras station to cope with people arriving in this way.
John Vine's comments follow accusations of a "cover-up" by Home Secretary Theresa May after she used legal powers to keep parts of a critical inspection by Mr Vine into UK border controls secret.
In unredacted parts of the report, Mr Vine reveals that border staff remain concerned over the effect of the so-called Lille loophole, which effectively exempts some passengers who travel to Britain via Lille, in France, on Eurostar trains boarded in Belgium, from UK Border Force immigration checks.
Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has criticised Theresa May's decision to edit out the sections of the borders report dealing with the 'Lille Loophole'.
He said: "I am concerned that the Home Secretary has decided to redact part of the findings related to the 'Lille Loophole', despite John Vine finding that some were still able to reach Britain using this method.
"The committee has been assured in the past that the loophole would be closed. The withholding of information prevents us from properly holding the Border Force to account."
Thousands of illegal immigrants may still be using a loophole on the Eurostar to sneak into the country, a report from a leading civil servant suggests.
However, the Home Secretary has allegedly prevented the public from seeing the sections of the report by Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, on the "Lille Loophole".
It reveals Border Force staff, who police ports and airports, are still concerned the illegal loophole is being used to get into Britain.
The 'Lille Loophole' exempts some passengers who travel to the UK on Eurostar trains via Lille from British immigration checks.
Nigel Farage has hit out at a report on UK borders after it emerged that sections of the report had been redacted.
The Ukip leader dubbed the removal of 15 sections of the report “extremely concerning” and accused the Home Office of censorship.
It is extremely concerning that a report into the operations of our border security is being censored by the Home Office.
We have to ask what on earth are they hiding?
The simple fact is that the UK Border Agency is having enormous problems, not of its own making, but of its political masters, who then choose to redact the report.
Redacted sections of a report into the running of UK borders have been hidden from the public because it would jeopardise national security, the Home Office has said.
In accordance with the UK Borders Act 2007 the Home Secretary, in consultation with the independent chief inspector, is required to redact any material which, if published, would be prejudicial to the interests of national security.
These take the form of visible redactions in the report laid before Parliament.
The report proved illegal immigrants were prevented from entering the UK by the “excellent working relationships” between the UK, French and Belgian authorities, the Home Office added.