|The TMB's forthcoming poster campaign for independence|
The move follows months of delicate negotiations led by a specially-appointed envoy, film actor Mr Sean Combover.
"The decision is bound to be seen as controversial in some quarters. But the agreement we've reached means that the TMB will continue to be responsible for marketing tripe in Scotland - and that's got to be good news for tripe," TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said.
Speaking at a hastily-convened press conference in Lytham yesterday, Sir Norman denied that the decision was a departure from the TMB's well-established position of political neutrality. "It's nonsense to suggest that the TMB has somehow encroached on party politics with this move. This is a purely pragmatic move on our part. Tripe - along with other foods such as porridge and deep-fried Mars bars - is a staple part of the diet of many people in Scotland and we're delighted we'll still be charged with marketing it there."