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Scotland 'can't have complete independence if it keeps pound'

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that a newly-independent Scotland would not have complete economic independence from the rest of UK if it wanted to keep the pound. He has held talks with Scotland's First Minister over the issue.

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No 10: Not surprising Carney has set out views on vote

Bank of England governor Mark Carney's decision to speak publicly about the possible consequences of Scottish independence has been welcomed by Downing Street.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney arriving in Edinburgh today. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said: "It's hardly very surprising that the independent governor of the Bank of England might wish to address and consider some of the issues that are involved.

"The issue around currency is an important part of the debate that is currently going on in Scotland. It hardly seems a great surprise at all, on the technical issues, that the governor of the Bank of England might want to set out his views.

"I'm sure the people of Scotland will want to be as well-informed as possible."

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