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Scotland shuts its borders from TONIGHT and anyone entering or leaving will be fined

Scotland shuts its borders from TONIGHT and anyone entering or leaving will be fined

BRITS will be banned from leaving or entering Scotland from 6pm tonight – and anyone crossing the border will be slapped with a fine.

Nicola Sturgeon’s tough new lockdown laws will come into place tonight – and anyone who flouts the rules will be punishable with at least a £60 penalty.

Anyone crossing the border without a legal excuse can be fined from 6pm tonight

In the latest attempt to stop the spread of the virus in Scotland, huge swathes of the country will go into a tough Level 4 lockdown from tonight – the closest thing to the March national shutdown that has been seen so far.

People who live in a Level 3 or 4 area are now ordered to stay there unless they have an excuse to leave for work, education, or welfare reasons.

It adds: “Going on holiday, including abroad, is not a reasonable excuse to leave.

“If it has been announced that your local authority area is about to move into either level 3 or 4 please do not then travel overseas for non-essential reasons such as a holiday.”

People can also leave Level 3 or 4 areas and Scotland for exercise – if it’s within five miles of their local authority boundary.

A long list of exemptions are set out in regulations as “examples of reasonable excuse”.

But Scottish Tories said there were “serious legal questions” about the draft regulations, and questioned whether Ms Sturgeon had the power to say on what terms people could enter or remain in Scotland.

All the excuses you CAN leave a Level 4 area in Scotland

* To “obtain or provide” food or medical supplies for people in the same household, including animals, or for vulnerable persons. This also applies to “supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household” or for a vulnerable person.

* For “work or provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not possible for the person to do so from home”.

* To “access, provide or receive childcare, education or training”, for prison visits, to “provide or receive emergency assistance”, or for “medical assistance” such as dental services or opticians.

* To move home or view homes, for shared parenting arrangements, to participate in legal proceedings, donate blood, vote, or access a list of public services such as social services, benefits services.

* To access voluntary or charity services, including food banks, or to use “waste disposal or recycling facilities”.

* For outdoor exercise as long as it “is not organised”, “starts and ends at the same place”, and is “within 5 miles” of the person’s council area. * For professional sports people can leave their area to train or compete.

* To attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony, attend funerals or wakes, or “travel for compassionate reasons” relating to “the end of a person’s life”.

* For feeding or care for an animal, “including obtaining veterinary services”.

* And “where the person is a member of an extended household”, people can leave their area to “visit a member of the household which forms the other part of the extended household”

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MSP Adam Tomkins, a law professor, said: “There are serious legal questions to be asked about the draft regulations published by the Scottish Government, which include rules about who may ‘enter or remain in’ Scotland.

“These rules appear to affect British and Irish citizens across the UK and Ireland.

“Is this within Holyrood’s competence? For one thing, freedom of movement would appear to be expressly reserved to the UK Parliament under the Scotland Act.

“For another, it’s not clear that the Scottish Parliament can make rules contrary to the Common Travel Area, as agreed to by the UK and Ireland.”

And Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles warned that “any self-respecting lawyer would advise a client not to pay a fine” while Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard slammed the ban as “deeply flawed.”