Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Salmond Warns 'Bully' Osborne of Scottish Backlash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Salmond Warns 'Bully' Osborne of Scottish Backlash

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Byline: Joseph Watts Political Correspondent

ALEX SALMOND today branded George Osborne's claim that an independent Scotland would have to lose the pound as "ill-thought-out and misinformed".

The Scottish National Party leader was to use a speech to hit back at the Chancellor, whom he accused of trying to bully Scots into rejecting independence.

The SNP was also forced to deny a claim from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that it would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the EU.

In a speech in Edinburgh last week, Mr Osborne said he would not take the UK into a currency union with an independent Scotland.

But ahead of his own speech today, Mr Salmond said: "The reality is the pound is as much Scotland's as the rest of the UK.

"By suggesting otherwise the Westminster establishment Tories, Labour and Lib-Dems are reaping a backlash from the ordinary people of Scotland, who feel this is an attempt to bully Scotland. …

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