English voters don’t want currency union with Scotland

Voters based in England do not want to enter into a currency union with the independent country if a yes vote prevails in September’s referendum, a new survey has revealed.

The Future of England Survey 2014 published this week worked alongside polling agency YouGov to consult 3695 English voters on their views of Scottish independence

Individuals based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are unable to vote in the Scottish referendum on independence even if they were born in the country.

The Scottish government has set out plans for an independent Scotland to share the pound with the rest of the UK in a formal currency union but UK chancellor George Osborne has since issued a warning alongside the other main party leaders that the UK government would not enter into this type of union with the newly independent country.

A 59 per cent majority of English voters surveyed opposed the basic idea of Scotland breaking away from the rest of the UK to become and independent country.

English voters also showed strong opposition to entering into a currency union with an independent, with 53 per cent of respondents stating that they did not want to share the pound.

There are signs of support amongst English voters to give Scotland greater devolved powers if the country votes to remain in the UK, according to the survey.

A total 42 per cent of those surveyed support the idea of giving Scotland control over the majority of taxes raised in Scotland, while 25 per cent said they disagree with these greater devolved powers outright.

However 56 per cent of survey respondents also believe that levels of public spending in Scotland should be reduced to the UK average if the country remains within the UK.