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Paper due on border controls

THE prospect of border controls between an independent Scotland and England to prevent the former becoming a so-called "soft point of entry" to the UK will be raised later this week with the publication of the 11th Whitehall analysis paper.

Released by the Home Office and the Scotland Office, the paper will focus on immigration, citizenship and borders. At least two more papers, including one on tax collection, are due to be published before the spring.

This week's paper will emphasise the strength of the UK borders system and the work and expense involved in managing it effectively with regard to keeping out any international criminals and illegal drugs.

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