The majority of voters in England are against Scotland sharing the pound, according to new research.
A survey carried out by Cardiff and Edinburgh universities found more than half do not agree with Alex Salmond’s currency ambitions, with just 23% backing the idea.
The Scottish Government’s claim that independence will improve relations between the two countries was also rejected by 53% with just 10% agreeing.
And by a margin of more than four to one, English voters want to see levels of public spending reduced to the UK average in the event of a No vote.
Professor Charlie Jeffrey, of Edinburgh University, said: “It is striking how tough people in England are on Scotland, whatever the referendum outcome.
“There appears to be little appetite for the Scottish Government’s vision of independence amid continuing partnership with the rest of the UK on the pound, Europe and NATO. If anything, the message appears to be ‘vote Yes by all means, but if you do, you’re on your own.'”
The survey, involving 3,695 adults, was conducted by YouGov in late April for the Future of England Survey 2014.