Scottish independence campaign gets boost from former senior diplomat
David Cameron dealt a blow on first day of Scotland trip as Colin Munro insists negotiations would take place on currency union.
David Cameron received a blow on the first day of a visit to Scotland when a former senior British diplomat said “tough but sensible” negotiations would be held on forming a currency union in the event of a vote for independence.
In a challenge to the prime minister, who will reiterate his rejection of a currency union during his two-day trip to Scotland, the former British permanent representative to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe accused the government of arrogant behaviour towards the people of Scotland.
Collin Munro, an expert on the founding of independent European states from his work at the OSCE and in the former Yugoslavia, criticised the “clumsiness” of the pro-union campaign and said it was wrong for the UK government to be “threatening people they would be cut loose”.
Munro told the Guardian: “I assume that if there was a vote in favour of independence there would be a quite tough but sensible negotiation.”
The remarks by the veteran Scottish diplomat, who served with the Foreign Office for 38 years and opposes Scottish independence, echo the comments made to the Guardian by a UK minister this year that a currency union would eventually be agreed to ensure fiscal and economic stability on both sides of the border.