“Allow people in North East England to join Scotland” epetition

Hundreds of people have signed a petition lodged on a UK government website calling for a referendum in the North East of England to decide whether the region should join Scotland or stay with England.

Better with Scotland?
The epetition says that many in the North East feel distant from the UK government in Westminster economically and politically – and that the Scottish parliament has proved there’s another way of running public services.

Redrawing the England-Scotland boundary
The UK government is urged to grant a referendum to voters who live north of Hadrian’s Wall or in Newcastle and North Tyneside council areas by the epetition, to allow electors there to decide whether to stay with England or join Scotland.
If there was a yes vote, the epetition says that the new border would follow the line of Hadrian’s Wall west of Newcastle, where it would go south to the river Tyne, then east to the coast.

Devo-UK and calls for an English Parliament
The really interesting thing is that this isn’t the only epetition advocating radical changes to the constitutional set-up of the UK. Some of those are explicitly linked to the Scottish independence referendum – including several epetitions calling for an English parliament.
I’ve already written about how the Scottish independence referendum will have a profound effect on the UK government and how power is distributed across the UK – whether Scotland votes to leave the union or stays within it.
The UK political leaders have promised more powers for Scotland if it stays within the UK, and if that argument wins the day where does that leave the rest of the UK?
One epetition calling for an English parliament is “trending” on the UK government’s epetition website at the time of writing this blog post.
As you can see from the screen grab below, it doesn’t have many signatures, but it is still there all the same. And could it be a sign of things to come if the UK moves to a more federal structure?

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The full North East England referendum epetition

Allow people in North East England to join Scotland

Responsible department: Cabinet Office

Many people in the North East feel distant from our government in Westminster, both economically and politically. The Scottish Parliament has proved that different ways of running public services are possible, including an NHS without the internal market, Higher Education without tuition fees, and (if there’s a Yes vote in the Independence Referendum) defence without the threat of Trident.

We therefore call on the UK Government to grant a referendum to all who live north of Hadrian’s Wall, or in Newcastle and North Tyneside council areas. We would choose whether to remain in England or to join Scotland. We call on the Government to arrange and fund this referendum, and to be bound by the result.

If the people choose to join Scotland, the new border would follow the line of Hadrian’s Wall west of Newcastle, where it would go south to the river Tyne, then east to the coast. More detail and discussion is online at http://tyneside.motd.org/wiki.

English parliament epetition in full

English parliament

Responsible department: Cabinet Office

Westminster to become England’s parliament with MP’s only elected from English constituencies. Representative’s from the devolved assemblies in the UK to attend only when UK matters are discussed.

Further links
A new flag for the UK if Scotland leaves
Wither the UK: Arise the Federal United Kingdom
Guernsey uses the pound but isn’t part of the UK

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