Anger at Hain over timetable for joining euro

UK - The UK Treasury has signalled its anger at Peter Hain, the minister for Europe, for laying out a possible timetable for euro membership.

The Treasury yesterday insisted that the government's euro policy had not changed; Mr Hain had suggested a referendum could take place next year and euro notes and coins be introduced by 2005.

A Whitehall official said the Treasury was annoyed by the interview Mr Hain had given to Le Figaro, the French newspaper.

However, Mr Hain's comments highlighted how