Nicola Sturgeon ‘talking out of her kilt’ over England-Scotland border closure threat row

Sturgeon slammed on border closure proposals by Pierce

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been slapped down in a fiery rant by Brexiteer Andrew Pierce over proposed plans to close the England-Scotland border. The SNP leader has threatened to shut the border over fears of “loopholes” in the UK quarantine hotel system strategy. It came after Scotland’s hotel quarantine system was thrown into confusion after a man and his daughter were told they did not have to isolate for ten days – despite having jetted in from the United States the day before. 

The Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce told Mike Graham on LBC he believed Ms Sturgeon did not have the power to enforce such a border closure.

He said: “I am not even sure she can actually because it takes two to tango and I’m not sure the Government in Westminister would agree,

“But if you just think about the Scottish border it’s 90 miles in length, how are they going to police that?

“How are they going to stop people going across the border in a car, a pushbike, a motorbike?

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“Are they going to have the army there?

“Well it’s the British Army Ms Sturgeon, not your flipping army,” continued Mr Pierce.

“Maybe she is going to use the police, well she obviously has a lot of police officers if she can put that many across a 90 mile stretch of border.

“I think there are two railway lines crossing the border as well so she has got to sort that out.”

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He added: “Don’t forget people might swim across of course and there are 20 odd roads too.

“So I think she is talking out of her kilt.

“This isn’t about Covid Nick, this is about her obsession with always trying to outdo Boris Johnson.”

As of Monday, everyone arriving in England must quarantine in a hotel if they have been in one of the Government’s 33 “red list” countries – including Portugal, the United Arab Emirates, South America and southern Africa – in the past 10 days.

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Immigration control staff must check each traveller’s completed passenger locator form and hotel quarantine booking.

They also have to verify passengers have received a negative COVID-19 test, together with evidence of two additional test bookings for their 10-day quarantine period.

However, the man and his daughter were exempted after just one day at the hotel, at Edinburgh Airport.

Currently, all passengers arriving in Scotland on international flights have to enter “managed isolation”, unless they are coming from within the Common Travel Area, which includes the UK and Ireland.

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