Scottish Leader Says Independence Could Benefit Northern England

wochit politics
April 22, 2014 AT 2:59 PM
An independent Scotland would work closely with northern England to boost its economy and job opportunities, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Wednesday in a bid to allay concerns south of the border about Scotland quitting the United Kingdom. Salmond is expected to use a speech marking St. George's Day, England's national day, to stress that ties and friendship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom would continue if Scots voted to go it alone in a September 18 referendum. Brushing aside a refusal by the main British parties to share the pound if Scotland breaks away, Salmond will insist to business leaders in Carlisle, 10 miles south of the border, that trade and transport links would stay strong and the currency stay the same if Scotland did become independent.