The pound sterling is the oldest currency in the world that is still in use. What do you know about the money used in the UK?


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Yes, it is, but I also do think that the introduction of the Euro was a positive move because it is much easier and less complicated to use and trade. Besides, having the same currency causes less boundaries which makes people think they are not any different from one another. Let's say less difference more PEACE in the world. Therefore, I wish we could have a common currency like the Euro in our Southeast Asia.

Currency also represents in many cases the history of the people, many times famous personalities are recognized throughout this sort of physical representation.

So Can i use England pounds or scotland pounds in all uk?

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This is a complicated question and there is no clear answer. Some shopkeepers do not accept Scottish banknotes while others do. You can read about the issue on these pages:,5753,-19878,00.html


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After the brexit, several other things Will change in UK. The currency, therefore, were a demonstration that UK never really wanted joining Europe Union.

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I think that currency is one of country's independence symbols. And even one of the strongest independence symbols. That is currency is important for a country’s identity.