World Bulletin / News Desk
Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond has promised to help northern England balance out the economic power of the country's south.
Scotland, which is situated close to natural gas reserves in the North Sea, faces the prospects of an economic boom if they are able to gain control over their own resources.
An economically strong Scotland would also have a positive effect in northern England, Salmond claims. Northern England is overall less wealthy than the country's south, which hosts England's capital and economic powerhouse London.
Speaking in Carlisle in his first pro-independence speech on English soil, marking England's national St George’s Day, Salmond vowed that Scotland and England would still remain allies if Scotland becomes independent.
He also promised the people of the border city that people living on the Scottish side of the border will still be able to enter and exit England freely to work and trade, reassuring anxious businessmen.
“Friends and family would continue to visit each other. We would still watch many of the same television programmes,” he said.
Salmond additionally said that Scotland would remain with the Pound Sterlin currency, despite warnings from the London-based government that Scottish independence would eject them from the Pound as well as the European Union.
Scots are due to go to the polls in September, where they will vote in a referendum to decide whether or not they will remain within the United Kingdom, which comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
With the popularity of Scottish independence growing as the referendum date approaches, analysts have said that even if Scotland votes against independence, the referendum will still change the power balances of the UK, which is largely dominated by England.Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2014, 16:55