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South Lakes MP, Tim Farron, has used Deputy Prime Minister’s question time to raise the concerns of many across the South Lakes about the potential impact a future referendum on Scottish independence, might have on local business and cultural ties with Scotland.
Mr Farron noted that in Westmorland and Lonsdale, residents are proud to have close business and cultural ties with Scotland – including sharing the ITV border region. However, there are concerns from many that the Scottish Nationalist Party’s obsession with separatism might cause problems – particularly for local businesses, such as Gilkes that have sites in both the South Lakes and Scotland, as well as other organisations that have close links with Scotland.
Commenting after question time he said: “The Scottish Nationalist Party’s plans for a referendum on Scottish independence are creating deep uncertainty both sides of the border as businesses have no clear idea what will happen to them in the future.
“What communities in Cumbria and Scotland need at a difficult time like this is stability and certainty – with the threat of an independence referendum, we face turmoil and a lack of confidence that will cost jobs.”