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Border's councils to discuss region's future

Councils from both sides of the border are meeting for the first time today to discuss the future of the region if the people of Scotland decide to vote yes in September's independence referendum.

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Councils 'need to work more closely in future'

Councillors on both sides of the England/Scotland border say they need to work more closely in future whether or not Scotland votes for independence.

Councillors on both sides of the border say they need to work more closely in future Credit: PA

Representatives of five councils, Carlisle City, Cumbria County, Northumberland County and Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway, are meeting for the first time today near Peebles.

Hadrian's wall used to mark the border between Scotland and England Credit: Roger Clegg

They're discussing ways of improving economic opportunities across the border.

The meeting follows the publication of the Borderlands report by Northumbria University which recommended joint working by councils to make the most of social and economic links.

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