LONDON Feb 13 British finance minister George
Osborne warned Scotland on Thursday it cannot keep the pound if
it votes for independence in a Sept. 18 referendum.
"The pound isn't an asset to be divided up between two
countries after a break-up as if it were a CD collection,"
Osborne said in a speech in the Scottish capital. "If Scotland
walks away from the UK, it walks away from the UK pound."
Osborne said that there was no legal reason why Britain
should share the pound with Scotland and that Scottish debt
issuance would face "punitively high interest rates" in the case