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Separation would leave Scotland open to mass immigration, Home Secretary warns

24 Mar 2012

Scotland’s borders would be opened up like other countries in mainland Europe if it were to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom, Home Secretary Theresa May has warned.

Such a move would leave Scotland vulnerable to mass immigration.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“The Scottish Nationalist Party is not made up of nationalists. Nor should we see them as patriots. They are separatists.

“Separatists like Alex Salmond want to duck the tough questions. He calls himself a social democrat yet he fails to deal with the many issues for democracy that arise from being a separate Scotland.

“He calls himself a progressive but what’s progressive about breaking Scotland off from the rest of the United Kingdom then giving away powers to Europe?

“It completely defeats the SNP argument that Scotland would fair better with more control over its affairs when they seek to hand over so many serious areas of government elsewhere.

“And people want to know – and they have the right to know – what handing over those powers will mean.

“Joining Europe’s borderless Schengen area … will open Scotland’s border up to mass immigration.”