Not content with trying to break away from the UK, Scotland could take some of England’s counties with it. That’s the wish of more than 26,000 signatories of a petition calling for the north to extricate itself from the “London-centric south.”
The petition chides Westminster politicians as “irrelevant” to its northern citizenry, while excoriating the "the endless parade of old Etonions lining the frontbenches of the House of Commons."
Penned by Stu Dent of Sheffield, the push for the north to leave was published last year as part of the independence campaign, however gained considerable momentum this week after Chancellor George Osborne spoke in Manchester promising to revolutionise the way England is governed, with mayors elected in cities to mirror the regional government of the capital.
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 Etonions lining the frontbenches of the House of Commons."
It adds: "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."
Some Northerners were quick to tweet their support for the cause with the hashtag #takesuswithyouscotland…
Seriously, #TakeUsWithYouScotland— Harriet Williamson (@harriepw) May 14, 2015
As a Northern bird living far from her roots, I'd be glad to join Scotland! #TakeUsWithYouScotland— SarahOwen-SmithDodds (@owensmithdodds) May 15, 2015
#TakeUsWithYouScotland Don't forget Stoke-on-Trent.
Freedom!— Matt Wade (@MattWadey) May 15, 2015
I am soooo down for the north seceding. #TakeUsWithYouScotland— Chloe Armstrong (@chloearmstrong1) May 10, 2015
#takeuswithyouscotland us Northerners want a fairer society:-)— JanetRead (@JanetRead) May 9, 2015
The Scots also seemed keen to take on their Northern neighbours…
This #TakeUsWithYouScotland hashtag makes us Scottish well proud of the fine people in England who have woken up to westminsters lies. 😊— #FREESCOTLAND (@RangerRfc1) May 10, 2015
The fact that #TakeUsWithYouScotland is trending makes my heart happy. Come on up, there's hunners a room for you all!— Shortarse (@astoryinciaran) May 10, 2015
Is #TakeUsWithYouScotland actually the new post election hashtag? Amazing. We will take all of you :)— Paul Aitken (@mrpaulaitken) May 10, 2015
An independent Scotland would be happy to have you :) move north now and help with the next referendum 👍🏻 #TakeUsWithYouScotland— ScotsForChange (@ScotsForChange) May 10, 2015
Earlier this week David Cameron gave James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, the infrequently used job title of "Northern Powerhouse" minister to oversee his vision for regeneration in the region.
The Prime Minister will today have his first official face-to-face meeting with Nicola Sturgeon since the General Election.
Sturgeon is likely to put pressure on the PM to hand the Scottish Government even more powers, going beyond the Smith package.
The leaders look set to clash on a number of issues - not helped by the election battles which saw the SNP leader speak of "locking Mr Cameron out of Downing Street”.