Nicola Sturgeon has said she would resist plans which would hold asylum seekers on remote Scottish islands.
Her reaction comes after reports emerged the UK Government is considering Scottish islands or ships offshore as a place for processing centres for migrants and asylum seekers.
The First Minister said she would not be supporting any such plan.
It was also suggested UK ministers were concerned the proposals would face objections from local island residents.
The Times newspaper reported the discussions had taken place at the UK Home Office.
It said that a plan to hold migrants and asylum seekers in decommissioned north sea oil platforms was also raised but dismissed as not being practical.
Ms Sturgeon responded to the report on Twitter.
She said: “They can rest assured that any proposal to treat human beings like cattle in a holding pen will be met with the strongest opposition from me.”
They can rest assured that any proposal to treat human beings like cattle in a holding pen will be met with the strongest possible opposition from me. https://t.co/qhfxQMSRxG
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 1, 2020
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