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 south east Northumberland – 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 south East Northumberland included as well as the cities of Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool, Leeds and Preston all join the newly-created country.
James Haycock, from Blyth, wrote: “I am tired of conservative self preservation. Running down the country as well as dividing it.”
Keith Seymour, from Morpeth, added: “I live closer to Edinburgh than London.”
And Blyth’s Malcolm Marshall wrote: “I’d rather be part of Scotland than England where is the great in Great Britain it’s been took away from us.”