CAIRO - Trying to dismay Scots against independence from the United Kingdom, British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that an independent Scotland would open doors to mass immigration and terrorism attacks.
Together we are stronger. Stronger on the world stage, stronger in protecting our sovereignty in Europe, May told the Scottish Conservative conference in Troon, Ayrshire, and cited by The Guardian on Sunday, March 25.
We are stronger in our communities.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), which won absolute majority in the Scottish parliament last year, is campaigning for Scotland's independence.
SNP leader Alex Salmond has suggested a referendum on Scottish independence from Britain.
But May warned that independence would spark a flow of immigrants and terrorist attacks in Scotland.
"Working together we are fighting the scourge of international terrorism, she told the conference.
"Working together we are busting the international drug barons that ruin our communities, rip families apart and ravage the lives of so many.
The Home Secretary Britain and Scotland benefited from working together to protect our borders.
"Working together we can look to the future - as a United Kingdom - sending our message that if people wish to threaten our security and way of life, then we stand ready together to do all we can to stop them in their tracks, she said.
"There is more that brings us together than tears us apart."
Polls have suggested independence does not have majority support in Scotland.
While Salmond wants the vote to be held in 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for an earlier one.
But Scottish lawmakers criticized May's warnings as scaremongering.
This is rank hypocrisy from Theresa May, who has made shocking errors by presiding over one of the biggest immigration fiascos of recent history, Pete Wishart, SNP home affairs spokesman, told the Daily Record.
When you combine that background with these scaremongering comments, it just goes to show why immigration decisions should be taken in Scotland.
The Tories still don't understand that every one of their transparent scare stories stokes the support for independence.
The criticism comes as the Sunday Telegraph revealed that the Home Secretary was planning a major crackdown on tens of thousands of immigrants who plan to bring in their families to Britain.
Under a proposal set by the Home Secretary, anyone who wants to bring a spouse, partner or dependent into Britain from outside the European Union would have to double the minimum income requirement to £25,700.
"The package which I propose to implement from June 2012 will reduce the burdens on the taxpayer, promote integration and tackle abuse," May said in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
In particular I propose a minimum income threshold of £25,700 for a British citizen or person settled in the UK to sponsor the settlement of a spouse or partner of non-EEA [European Economic Area] nationality."
The Home Secretary has also suggested a longer probationary period, from two to five years, before spouses and partners can apply to live permanently in Britain.
The proposal is not the first move for the Conservative government against immigrants.In 2010, the British government unveiled tough new rules that would cut the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union countries by a fifth.