English Voters 'Against Sharing Pound'

More than half of voters in England are opposed to Scotland using the pound if it becomes independent, according to a survey.

Alex Salmond and his Scottish Government have repeatedly insisted that they would agree a currency union with the rest of the UK if there is a Yes vote in next month's referendum.

But 53% of those questioned for the Future of England Survey disagreed with the idea of Scotland continuing to use the pound if it left the UK.

Just under a quarter (23%) were in agreement that an independent Scotland should still use sterling while 15% said they neither agreed or disagreed and 9% did not know.

More than 3,600 people in England were questioned by YouGov as part of the research, which has been undertaken by Cardiff University and the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University.

It comes as the key issue of what currency an independent Scotland would use comes under scrutiny in the run-up to the independence referendum on September 18.

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie said: ``It is not surprising that the majority of people in England do not support a currency union.

"It wouldn't work for Scotland or the rest of the UK. For us in Scotland it would mean handing over control of our economy to what would then be a foreign country."

All three of the main parties at Westminster have explicitly ruled out entering into a currency union with an independent Scotland, though the Scottish Government argues this stance would change if there is a Yes vote.

But Ms Baillie said: "A currency union would not happen if we left the UK. That's why we need to know Alex Salmond's plan B for what would replace the pound. Would we rush to adopt the euro? Or would we set up a separate unproven currency?

"With just one week until up to one million postal votes are sent out across Scotland, it beggars belief that people are being asked to make such a huge decision without knowing what currency we would use.

"This really matters to people. How can we talk about paying for our schools and hospitals in a separate Scotland if we don't know what currency we would use for that? How can families plan for the future if we don't know what money our wages, pensions and benefits would be paid in?"

She continued: "The choice facing Scots couldn't be clearer. We can take a leap in the dark with Alex Salmond and independence.

"Or we can have what most Scots want - more powers for Scotland without taking on all the risks of separation. It's the best of both worlds. We should say No Thanks to putting that at risk."

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