UPDATE: 40000 people sign petition for north of England to join Scotland
A petition calling the government to allow the north of England to secede from the UK has amassed over 40,000 signatures since the Yorkshire Standard first broke the story earlier this month.
The petition on Change.org, which was created over a year ago, saw a surge in signatures after the Conservatives won the recent general elections.
It reads: “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 Etonions lining the frontbenches of the House of Commons. The north of England should join the newly independent Scotland and regain control over its own destiny. 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.”
Muhammad Patel from Batley wrote on the petition: “The needs of the north seem to be mis read by the houses. needs to become independent to allow the north to strive”.
Martin Larner from Leeds added: “The more power is stripped from “City” cronies in Westminster, the better!”
The Yorkshire Standard was the first to write a story about the petition, which quickly went viral.
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