More than 12,000 people have already signed a petition calling for the north of England to “join Scotland”.

The petition, on , was created during the Scottish independence campaign last year, but has seen a rise in signatures following the Conservative Party’s win in last week’s general election.

The new border between a ‘new Scotland’ and England would be from Chester in the west to Sheffield in the east and would include Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull in the newly-created country.

Depending on where exactly the line is drawn, such a move could see part of Cheshire governed by England and the rest of it by Scotland.

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The petition – ‘Allow the north of England to secede from the UK and join Scotland’ - states: “The deliberations in Westminster are becoming increasingly irrelevant to the north of England. The northern cities feel far greater affinity with their Scottish counterparts such as Glasgow and Edinburgh than with the ideologies of the London-centric south.

“The needs and challenges of the north cannot be understood by the endless parade of old Etonions lining the front benches 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.”

Despite being closed, the petition has been gathering signatures since last Thursday’s vote, thanks to the #TakeUsWithYouScotland hashtag on Twitter.