Calls for Northern England to be Made Part of Independent Scotland

May 19, 2015

A petition calling for northern England to be made part of an independent Scotland has racked up a remarkable 40,000 signatories in a matter of days.

The petition was created on the Change.org website in the aftermath of the recent general election and it calls for the UK government to “allow the north of England to secede from the UK & join Scotland”.

The prospect of Scottish independence appeared to be a long way off after a majority of people around the country voted against breaking away from the UK in last September’s referendum on the issue. But, with the Scottish National Party (SNP) having won huge numbers of votes in this month’s general election, there are hopes and expectations in some quarters that the question of Scottish independence might be revisited in the near future.

All of which has apparently left many non-Conservative voting men and women in northern England wondering if they might be better of being part of an independent Scotland rather than what remains of the United Kingdom.

The recently-created petition expresses that view in no uncertain terms and its slogan ‘#TakeUsWithYouScotland’ has since taken hold on social media.

Stu Dent from Sheffield started the position and wrote: “The deliberations in Westminster are becoming increasingly irrelevant to the north of England. The northern cities feel far greater affinity with their Scottish counterparts such as Glasgow and Edinburgh than with the ideologies of the London-centric south.”

“We, the people of the north, demand that in the event that Scotland becomes independent the border between England and the New Scotland be drawn along a line that runs between the River Dee and the mouth of The Humber.”

Any such reshaping of the UK seems highly unlikely despite surveys carried out on behalf of the British Future think tank recently finding that a majority of Britons believe Scotland will at some stage become an independent country.

For its part, the newly-created Conservative government has been promising to encourage economic growth in parts of northern England and to pursue policies that help create a “Northern Powerhouse” capable of rebalancing the English economy and competing economically with Greater London.

John Baird

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