The theft, which has left locals, tourists and SatNav manufacturers in a state of confusion, is believed to have been carried out by a gang of international frontier thieves who steal borders from across Europe and then sell them to developing countries with poorly defined or maintained frontiers. While thefts of small parts of European borders have been on the increase in recent years, this is believed to be the first time the gang has stolen a border in its entirety.
Early international police investigations appear to have revealed that sections of Hadrian’s Wall and the River Tweed now make up part of the border between Honduras and Guatemala. Meanwhile, it has emerged that a strip of grass from Gretna has been found in the dividing line between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, after a rash of tacky weddings took place there over the weekend and over 20 guests were trampled by hippos.
Since the theft, frantic negotiations have taken place between the Scottish Parliament and Westminster to try and re-establish the border more precisely. Early efforts suggested that Scotland should include all areas with signs indicating that a person was present in Scotland. However, the involvement of Scotland Yard in the investigation soon highlighted the problem of this approach.
An attempt by London MPs to redraw the border based on “where people started talking funny” was also abandoned at an early stage, as this would have involved Scotland extending as far south as Birmingham. Similar attempts to re-establish the border based on porridge-eating, alcohol-fuelled nihilistic violence and cultural transvestism also failed, as it was revealed that these practices were, inexplicably, not just confined to the wilderness of Scotland.
Experts have now warned that it may not be possible to properly distinguish between England and Scotland again until next summer. A clear divide between the two nations is expected by their reactions to England’s exit from the World Cup in the group stages after a hard-fought goalless draw with Costa Rica, who, England fans have noted already, beat Scotland in 1990, or was it 1994?