A THIRD of people in England have rejected Scottish bank notes as fakes, according to a new survey.

Some 33% of the 1710 respondents said they thought the notes were counterfeit.

As part of the Censuswide study, participants were shown images of notes from three Scots banks – Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank.

One in six of those surveyed said they thought the notes were no longer in circulation, and one in 10 said they weren’t sure of the “exchange rate” between Scotland and England.

Earlier this month, LibDem MP Alistair Carmichael lodged a Bill in the House of Commons hoping to make it legally binding for Scots notes – which are legal currency, but not legal tender – to be accepted across the UK.

Carmichael said the new survey showed how common confusion around Scots and Northern Irish currency is.

He continued: “The UK Government need to encourage businesses across the UK to recognise and accept these notes.

“Alongside giving their support for the measure outlined in my Bill, they should also launch a public awareness campaign to boost public knowledge of the different types of bank notes in use across these islands.”