// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

British govt. confirms debt pledge ahead of Scottish referendum

British govt. confirms debt pledge ahead of Scottish referendum

PanARMENIAN.Net - The British government confirmed on Monday, Jan 13, that it will take responsibility for all British government debt should Scotland vote for independence in September, a move it hopes will avoid jitters in bond markets ahead of the referendum, Reuters reports.

"In the event of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom, the continuing UK government would in all circumstances honor the contractual terms of the debt issued by the UK government," the Treasury said in a statement.

An independent Scotland would be responsible for "a fair and proportionate share" of Britain's liabilities but a share of the outstanding debt would not be transferred to Scotland, it said, adding the terms of repayment would be subject to negotiation.

Britain's net debt stood at nearly 1.2 trillion pounds at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Related links:
 Top stories
The strong scale-up of treatment has seen annual AIDS-related deaths drop by 45% to 1.1 mln in 2015 from a peak of about 2 mln in 2005.
Purchased in bulk from Armenia, Absolut vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch and counterfeit Grey Goose are among the popular labels.
German lawmakers voted to extend the country’s military support for the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group until late 2017.
Mitigating civilian casualties remains a “key component” of the anti-IS air campaign in Syria and Iraq, the military emphasized.
Partner news