Schengen

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FOR THE UNION FOR INDEPENDENCE
EU requirements

It is difficult to think of a set of circumstances that would allow Scotland to opt out and not be part of the Schengen Area as this is now the norm in the EU, according to Strathclyde University Professor Robert Wright. He argues European Union nations would insist Scotland joined the Schengen area, the passport-free zone which covers almost all of the EU. As the UK and Ireland are not part of Schengen, Scotland would therefore no longer be part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) within the British Isles, raising the prospect of checkpoints and patrols at the Scotland- England border[1]

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  1. Scotsman: EU may force border terms 31 Oxctober 2010. Prof Wright says that Ireland would be likely to follow suit. That would leave the rump UK as the only EU nation outside the EU-wide free travel zone, putting it under “considerable pressure” to join.

EU requirements

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