Byline: TIM SHIPMAN
FOR centuries, the Scots have been proud of their nation's hard-won boundaries.
So they might find it quite a surprise that - according to the European Union, at least - they are actually part of Scandinavia...or Spain...or Portugal... or France...or Ireland Under the plans, drawn up by German cartographers, the East of Scotland and Eastern England have been shoehorned into a new region, which includes Scandinavia.
The West of Scotland and Western England have been lumped together with Ireland and the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain and Portugal.
The far North of Scotland would be joined with Iceland and the most inhospitable areas of Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The Tories accused the EU of plotting to undermine nation states and even 'wipe Britain off the map'.
They warned that the German government wants to make the downgrading of national borders a key plank of its presidency of the EU next year - despite the rejection of the European Constitution by voters.
Brussels bureaucrats are poised to take charge of all 'spatial information' in the EU nations. This will force the 25 member states to bring their maps into line with specifications laid down by Brussels.
The new regions have been drawn up for a project called Interreg, which wants to foster cross-border co- operation on issues such as tourism, trade, health and the environment.
The EU project will lead to a harmonisation of geographical names, administrative units and maps.
Brussels will also be able to create a database of property information used for taxation purposes. …