The British conundrum: hard sovereignty with soft borders

Robert Perry

Her Majesty The Queen officially opens the Border Railway. Her Majesty The Queen (L) and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (C) and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) arrive at Scottish Borders town of Tweedbank on board the train drawn by the steam locomotive 'Union of South Africa' the end of an historic journey along the longest domestic railway to be built in the UK in over one hundred years. Tweedbank, Scotland, Britain. 09 March 2015

Easier to outsource than devolve, impossible to control

Britain finds it easier to surrender border control to other sovereign states than to devolve control to its own constituent states.

London is rejecting a key demand by Nicola Sturgeon for immigration policy to be devolved as part of the Brexit process.
The British Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, told Members of the Commons Scottish affairs committee that the local government had to rely on indirect ways to attract foreign workers, such as education and workforce training.


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