​Pranksters create spoof Scottish passport control

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Border prank
Jon Parker Lee Photography Ltd.

Pranksters in the Scottish border town of Jedburgh have set up a fake passport control checkpoint on the border to lighten the debate over Scottish independence, ahead of a referendum to be held this Thursday.

Organisers have claimed that the stunt was intended to offer light relief amongst bitter disputes over whether Scotland should remain part of Britain, with passport control signs and a barrier erected on the small road at the border in Carter Bar, near Jedburgh, which sits halfway between Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne.

Passing motorists were shocked to see a barrier put up with "Scottish Border Agency" branded signs erected, which read that the checkpoint would go into operation on September 19 2014, the day after the vote.

One of the organisers, Mancunian Jon Parker Lee, told the Daily Mail: "'We're not making a point for either side. We've staged this together as a group of Scottish and English. We're simply united in having a laugh.

"Come what may, we all love a wind-up, and maybe this will give everyone a laugh and a break from the ever-increasing heat of the debate."

Border prank
Jon Parker Lee Photography Ltd.


Questions over whether an independent Scotland would need border controls remain. Scottish leader Alex Salmond insists that passport checks will not be necessary, though Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that border guards and passport controls would have to be considered to manage immigration if the countries were to separate.

This border prank follows David Cameron begging Scots to vote to keep the union and to avoid a "painful divorce", the Daily Mail reports.