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The question: The euro

? The euro, good thing or bad - is a question dividing the Government, but what if your employer suddenly decided to pay you in euros?

As long as I get the correct amount paid into my bank account every month I don't mind whether it is in pounds, euros or whatever! In fact Carillion already shows the amount in euros on our payslips.

Gareth Evans, 27, productivity engineer, Plymouth

I'd have to question the sanity of my employer. I'm not prepared to gamble my salary on the international currency market.

Philip Druce (25), graduate, Warrington

Provided that the currency I am paid is the same as - or linked to - the currency I do my shopping in, I'm not really bothered what it is.

Alasdair Massie, 37, senior engineer (freelance), London

If I were able to link my mortgage to the euro along with the commensurate interest rate, this would be a strong argument for its acceptance.

Peter Brookes, 54, programme leader, Exeter

I would ask why I wasn't consulted in the first place and then I would fight the move until the UK joins the system. Unless I can buy something or pay my mortgage in euros, I would be worried about having a ten euro note in my back pocket.

Mark Philpotts, 26, civil engineer, London

Before dismissing the idea, one should take time to consider the following advantages:

Being paid in euros during the month before your holiday would save having to purchase foreign currency and, of course, you will be able to buy French bread, Italian tomatoes, Spanish onions, German sausage etc all year round with your euros, so would it really be too much of a disadvantage?

Adrian John Waddington, 49, senior engineer, south London

I would react with horror! The euro is a foreign currency and long may it remain so.

Peter Caillard, 38, central London

If the currency of the UK is the pound then I want to be paid in pounds.

Graeme Monteith, business development manager, Scotland

I would be willing to accept the change. One of the benefits is that we would be able to compare salaries with our European counterparts more accurately.

Neil Henderson, 42, project manager, Essex

I would convert to a euro mortgage to benefit from the lower interest rates. My next largest outgoing each year is on travel, most of which is in Europe which would benefit from my being paid in euros. If my wife continued to be paid in sterling, I could invest the remaining euro (possibly tax free) against the day Britain joins.

James Bell, 33, sales manager Europe, London

Given the prospects for a strengthening euro against sterling I would be delighted as my salary rises steadily compared to friends paid in the traditional UK currency. I would hope my employer would have the foresight to convert the company balance sheet to euros as well.

Stephen West, geotechnical engineer, Southampton

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