Research and analysis

Scotland analysis: borders and citizenship

The implications for borders and citizenship if people in Scotland were to vote for independence.

Documents

Summary leaflet: borders and citizenship

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This paper looks at the implications for borders and citizenship if people in Scotland were to vote for independence. It sets out how the current UK framework benefits the whole of the UK, including Scotland, explores the challenges which an independent Scottish state could face in assuming control of its borders, and considers the difficult choices that the people in Scotland would have to face on issues such as citizenship and nationality. It will be a choice between the continuity and security of being part of the UK, or the uncertainty and risk of leaving it.

Published 23 January 2014