UK could join euro in less than 2 years

UK - Britain could introduce euro notes and coins less than two years after a single currency referendum, Peter Hain said on Tuesday.

The minister for Europe said Britain could adopt the euro faster than timetables set out by the Treasury or banks. Mr Hain also suggested the government could publish an economic assessment on whether Britain should join the euro by the autumn, rather than the latest possible date of June next year.

His comments appear to reflect the government's determination to

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