English politicians have vowed to repel a cross-border raid to take Berwick-upon-Tweed back into Scotland. Calls to redraw the border and return the town to Edinburgh control would cause major upheaval and require "massive negotiation", it was warned.I think that people are missing something here.
Nationalist MSP Christine Grahame has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for Berwick to return to "Scottish nationhood".
It calls on Scottish ministers to begin negotiations with Westminster to secure Berwick-upon-Tweed's "restoration" as part of Scotland.
First, it's clear from the view from the East Coast Mainline as one enters Berwick that the town looks as if it is in Scotland. The architecture is Scottish and the river is the natural boundary.
But there's something far more significant.
Look at the map. If the River Tweed became the boundary a huge chunk of the North Sea and its oil reserves would become Scottish...