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Clock ticking for Alex Salmond to set out currency plan B

February 14, 2014 1:18 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has called on AlexWillie RennieWillie Rennie Salmond to set out what currency an independent Scotland would use, now that the First Minister has effectively acknowledged that a Sterling Currency has been ruled out for an independent Scotland.

During interviews with Good Morning Scotland this morning and Scotland Tonight, the First Minister referred to the range of "options" set out by the Fiscal Commission, when asked what he would do if an independent Scotland could not keep the pound. He firmly denied that he had no plan B.

Mr Rennie said:

"The penny has finally dropped. The First Minister has effectively conceded that the Sterling Currency with the UK will not happen.

"He pointed towards the options in his fiscal commission but he needs to tell us which one he'd choose. Would it be the Euro or a separate Scottish currency?

"The clock is ticking. With 10 days until Scottish Cabinet meets in the North East, the First Minister can't turn up empty handed. I am clear that the only way to keep the UK pound, and all the benefits which come with it, is to keep the strong UK family of nations. Now that Alex Salmond is without his Plan A he has a duty to tell people in Scotland what his Plan B is."