The issues surrounding regional devolution and directly-elected mayors could be sidestepped if the signatories of a recent petition calling for the North of England to be governed by Scotland get their way.
More than 20,000 individuals have signed the online petition calling for the North to join an independent Scotland and the number is still soaring.
The #TakeUsWithYouScotland petition claims the politics of Westminister is becoming “increasingly irrelevant to the North where people feel greater affinity with their counterparts such as Glasgow and Edinburgh than with the the London-centric south.
It says: “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.
“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.”