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Economic and Monetary Union

The euro is now established as a single currency spanning the 12 EU member countries participating in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Most of the group’s business in Europe is conducted in the UK, which is not one of the 12 participants. Government policy on UK membership was set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997 and restated by the Prime Minister in February 1999. The Chancellor has set five economic tests to define whether or not a clear and unambiguous case can be made in support of the UK joining the EMU.

Based on the outcome of the economic assessment, the Government will take a decision on whether the five tests have been met and an announcement on whether the UK should join will be made in the House of Commons on 9 June 2003.

If the Government decides to recommend UK entry, it will be put to a vote in Parliament and then to a referendum. In the interim, BT has maintained a steering group, with representatives from across each of the lines of business and supporting group functions, to review the impact of the euro. A project team acts as co-ordination point to ensure consistency of approach across the group and that plans are in place to meet agreed business strategy for the possibility of euro changeover in the UK.

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