Want independence? Then be set to lose pound, says UK FM

The UK finance minister said that the currency couldn't be split up like a CD collection.

hidden February 13, 2014 16:09:14 IST
Want independence? Then be set to lose pound, says UK FM

London: British finance minister George Osborne warned Scotland on Thursday it cannot keep the pound if it votes for independence in a September 18 referendum.

Want independence Then be set to lose pound says UK FM

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"The pound isn't an asset to be divided up between two countries after a break-up as if it were a CD collection," Osborne said in a speech in the Scottish capital. "If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the UK pound."

Osborne said that there was no legal reason why Britain should share the pound with Scotland and that Scottish debt issuance would face "punitively high interest rates" in the case of secession.

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