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The Scottish Independence Podcast - David Comerford

David Comerford is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.

David is an economist at The University of Stirling, who is working on the ESRC's Future of the UK & Scotland project.

Listening to this is your chance to get over some of the spin from both sides in this debate. Some of the questions I put to him were...

What are the benefits of staying or leaving the EU?

What's the truth surrounding currency choices?

Is the white paper realistic?

by Angus Armstrong, ESRC Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Currency arrangements that survive the test of time need to be coherent in all circumstances and without ambiguity. Part of any robust union is that there is a full commitment to make it work.

The White Paper restates the Fiscal Commission Working Group’s position that Scotland should enter into a Sterling union with the rest of the UK. However, the White Paper goes on to say it would be “open to people in Scotland to choose a different arrangement in the future”.

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