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The Chancellor of the Exchequer told businesses in the Borders that they could be "hardest hit" by a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.
George Osborne was in St Boswells this morning at the start of a whistle stop tour of Scotland.
He took questions from small business owners on a number of diverse issues but inevitably the conversation turned to the vote on Septempber 18th. Jenny Longden has this report.
Yes Scotland have dismissed claims that the Borders will feel the economic consequences of independence the hardest as nonsense.
George Osborne raised concerns during a meeting at a bookshop in St Boswells this morning.
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine says the region would be better off under independence.
Chancellor George Osborne says the economic impact of independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders.
He met with business people from the local area today to discuss issues affecting them that the UK Government could help with.
During his visit to St Boswells, he said:
'People in the Borders are concerned about the economic impact of independence. This of course is a decision for the people of Scotland, but I think the economic consequences would be felt the hardest perhaps in the Border areas, and it is another reason why we are better together'.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer stopped off at a Borders Book shop and deli this morning to meet with local business leaders from the area.
George Osborne toured the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells before sitting down with business people to discuss their concerns.
Among the issues raised were taxation and transport links to the Borders.
Mr Osborne is in Scotland along with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to watch the naming of a new warship in Rosyth this afternoon.
The chancellor, George Osborne, will be in the Borders today on a business visit.
He'll be talking to local companies in Newton St Boswells about any concerns or questions they have about trading in the local area over the next few months.