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Cross border councils to meet to discuss independence

Cross border councils are being encouraged to work together. Credit: PA wire

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

The five cross border councils, which includes Northumberland County Council, will meet in Peebles.

The Scottish government announced the launch of the initiative last August after Northumbria University published the Borderlands report.

The report encouraged local authorities on both side of the border to work together to exploit mutual economic and social links.