SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has again said that if there is an EU referendum in Britain and Scotland votes to remain part of the EU, while England wants independence from it, then that will be the catalyst for separation.
By the same argument, if there were another Scottish independence referendum and the Borders, and Dumfries and Galloway, again voted by two-thirds to remain part of the rest of United Kingdom, while the rest of Scotland voted to leave, then that would be answered by these two regions becoming part of England.
It would be a simple matter to move the boundary from Carter Bar to Soutra Hill. Already Cumbria, Carlisle, Northumberland, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway local authorities are in regular contact because of their close geographical, economic and historical links.
Given the huge changes in the EU in recent years to move towards “a country called Europe”, I fail to see how Scottish independence can be reconciled with a supra-national organisation which increasingly determines the laws of its member states.