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Independence: Sir Alan Beith backs Better Together

Sir Alan Beith is backing a motion for northern England's MPs to support the Better Together campaign

Sir Alan Beith is backing a motion for northern England's MPs to support the Better Together campaign

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has added his voice to the debate on Scottish independence by backing the Better Together campaign.

The Liberal Democrat is one of the first MPs to back a parliamentary motion in Westminster calling for northern England MPs of all parties to join the campaign to save the union.

The motion was proposed by Tim Farron, MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale in Cumbria and the president of the Liberal Democrats.

The motion says: “That this House celebrates the close and deep connections between the north of England and Scotland; notes the shared values of community, decency and fairness; believes that people throughout Northern Ireland, Wales and England will be heartbroken if Scotland were to choose to leave the United Kingdom and that this sense of deep sadness would be felt especially strongly across the north of England; and commits itself to fully respecting the will of the Scottish people in the coming referendum, but wishes to record its strong desire that Scotland remains a central and vital part of the United Kingdom.”

Sir Alan added: “As part of the UK, Scotland and England are economically and socially better together.

“There are so many cross-border ties which connect people in Northumberland to Scotland through families, businesses and our economy. I have backed this motion and I hope that my northern MP colleagues will join the campaign to keep the union together.”

 

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