Blair: I would not Join Euro Now
British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted Thursday he would not want to join the European single currency at the moment.
The decision on whether to not join the euro -- to which Blair's Labor government is committed in principle -- is one of the most contentious issues in British politics.
His government has pledged to hold a referendum before committing the nation to the currency and opinion polls have consistently shown the British public would vote against this.
Blair, speaking to reporters while flying to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Seoul, acknowledged their caution about the currently embattled currency.
Refusing to comment on whether governments should intervene to support the euro, he was asked if he could foresee the public ever backing British entry.
He said: "Public opinion will make up its mind on the facts in the end, but as I keep saying to people, if you came along to me with an opinion poll and said: 'Do you want to join the euro today?' I would say no" -- SEOUL (AFP)
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