Well, here’s a surprise: Scots prefer to stick with the UK pound despite months of grizzling by the SNP to stay in the European Union – and have another vote on leaving the UK.

An exclusive poll for the Herald newspaper finds that two-thirds of Scots want to continue using the pound sterling. No groats, no Scottish shadow currency, no Euros, no Sturgeons – the pound will still do nicely, thank you.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now has a formidable challenge, not only to persuade Scots that a second independence referendum should be held before too long but also to vote ‘Yes’ – despite the risk of losing sterling as the principal currency.

Businesses and households alike would face severe disruption were the currency to change – as if Brexit “uncertainty” was not enough to contend with.

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