A BBC Scotland presenter has claimed a Yes vote in a second independence referendum could result in a hard border between Scotland and England.
Good Morning Scotland presenter Hayley Millar made the claim during an interview with a fellow BBC colleague on the issue of Gibraltar.
Discussing the border that currently exists between the UK colony and Spain, David Allison remarked on the frustration experienced by many trying to cross the manned border post, saying some people “can wait sometimes up to eight hours to drive out of Gibraltar”
Responding, Millar said: “That is similarly the way people in Northern Ireland and potentially Scotland here as well could be facing a hard border possibly, particularly here if there is a Yes vote in another referendum.
“So I suppose that is the sort of practical issues which come to the forefront of people’s minds once a vote has been cast.”
Claims that a newly independent Scotland will face a hard border with England have been made repeatedly by Unionists. Some have insisted a UK exit from the EU makes a hard border even more likely if an independent Scotland opts to remain a member.
However the UK government has already insisted no such hard border will be introduced between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit, even though one side will be in the EU but the other not.
Millar’s comments will do little to assuage fears amongst many supporters of independence that the BBC and its presenters will indulge in the same kind of reporting for indyref2 as they did in the run-up to the 2014 vote. Coverage of the 2014 campaign by the BBC led to claims of bias against the broadcaster with a book and film exposing some of the worst examples.Views: 8288