George Osborne speaks to Border's local businesses

George Osborne speaks to local businesses about particular concerns in Borders.

Border's business owners question George Osborne

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.

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Independence would be 'felt hardest' in the Borders says Chancellor

The Chancellor sits down with business people from the Borders Credit: ITV Border

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'.

Chancellor visits Borders Book shop

Mr Osborne tours the book shop and deli with owners and local MSP John Lamont Credit: ITV Border

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.

George Osborne was in the Borders to talk to local businesses Credit: ITV Border