Nicola Sturgeon has today said she would seek to ‘mitigate’ requirements for border checks with England if a separate Scotland joined the EU.
Speaking at the European Policy Centre think-tank in Brussels, she also confirmed her plan to ditch the pound and adopt a new currency. Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“Rather than mitigate border checks, we can avoid them entirely by remaining in the UK.
“The reality is that Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to leave our largest trading partner and join the EU would risk a hard border.
“When 60 per cent of our trade is with the rest of the UK, compared to only 19 per cent with the entire EU, border checks would be devastating for our economy and jobs.
“Nicola Sturgeon’s narrow nationalism would also place a barrier between friends, families and neighbours.
“The only way to avoid a hard border and save the pound is to remain in the UK.”