North Tyneside residents join call for North to join Scotland

A 'Welcome to Scotland' sign on the A1.
A 'Welcome to Scotland' sign on the A1.
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More than 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for the north of England to ‘secede from the UK and join Scotland’.

A total of 5,396 people – including hundreds from North Tyneside – have signed a petition on Change.org in support of the north of England joining Scotland and ‘regaining control over its own destiny’.

Despite being created a year ago, during the throes of the Scottish independence campaign, the petition attracted a number of signatures following the Conservative Party’s win in last week’s general election.

The petition states: “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.

“The needs and challenges of the north cannot be understood by the endless parade of old Etonians lining the front benches of the House of Commons.

“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.”

The Border between a ‘new Scotland’ and England would see the whole of North Tyneside and Northumberland included as well as the cities of Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool, Leeds and Preston all join the newly-created country.

Mark Johnson, from Whitley Bay, wrote: “Sick of being governed by a bunch of clueless toffs from Westminster.”

Chris Hannett, from Wallsend, added: “I feel that the issues that face the north of England do not seem to be of interest to the politicians in Westminster.”

And Whitley Bay’s Deborah Minikin, wrote: “I think the north should be part of Scotland because it’s nothing like the south of England, we are far closer in the same opinions of Scotland and I would rather be Scottish than English.

“I can also speak on behalf of all my family. Also the government don’t care about the northern part of England like they should, there are so many reasons.”