The media reports also confirmed that Labour apparently agrees with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats that, regardless of which party wins the 2015 General Election, the UK Government would and should not enter a formal currency union with an independent Scotland.
Leaving aside the political furore this announcement may cause, we have been particularly interested in the potential for redenomination of pre-independence contracts in the event of a change in currency (we are lawyers after all!). As Gemma set out in an earlier post, and Charles explained in an article in the Scotsman, that could be one of the biggest impacts of any currency change.
If this recent development means that the UK Government would definitely refuse to enter a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, regardless of which party wins the 2015 General Election (and the First Minister says the tune would change following a ‘yes’ vote), the possibility of a currency change following independence has to be treated seriously.
Do click through to our earlier posts, which set out the options for addressing that issue. Yesterday’s announcement makes those options even more relevant.
UPDATE: the Treasury’s ‘Scotland Analysis’ paper on the issue can be found here, alongside the letter to the Chancellor from the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.
On February 14, 2014