BLACKFORD: “THERE IS A REQUIREMENT TO JOIN THE EURO”

The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford MP, has today admitted on Sky News that ‘there is a requirement in principle that you join the euro’ if Scotland was to leave the UK and apply to join the EU.

But he argued that a separate Scotland would try to avoid playing by the rules by failing to take the step to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) - despite it being a requirement for all new member states.

However, Mr Blackford conceded that “The European Union is a rules-based organisation.”

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“The SNP’s currency plans are in utter chaos.

“Nicola Sturgeon wants to scrap the pound which would put wages, pensions and trade at risk; create a new currency from scratch which would require billions of pounds in reserves; and apply to join the EU which would require committing to the euro.

“Even Ian Blackford accepts that is a requirement for new member states.

“European countries would not look kindly on a country which refused to play by the rules.

“It’s clear the only way to save the pound is to remain in the UK.”

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