A conservative bid to make English shops take Scottish banknotes should act as a catalyst for clearing up problems around using Northern Irish cash, a senior Tory has said.
David Mundell, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, wants to end the “confusion” among some businesses in England about the status of Scottish tender.
His private member’s bill requires all providers of goods or services in the UK which accept Bank of England notes to accept Scottish banknotes on an equal basis.
He told the Belfast Telegraph it would allow any problems faced by shoppers using Ulster banknotes to be raised in Westminster.
He said: “I hope my bill will provide the opportunity for debate about the Northern Ireland banknote issue in the House of Commons.
“The issues are very similar and I hope that my bill will serve as a catalyst for the discussion of the Northern Ireland issue,” Mr Mundell said.