The five economic tests were the criteria defined by the UK treasury under Gordon Brown that were to be used to assess the UK's readiness to join the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union (EMU), and so adopt the euro as its official currency. In principle, these tests were distinct from any political decision to join. The five tests were as follows: When the Brown government was voted out of office in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the tests ceased to be government policy.

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  • The five economic tests were the criteria defined by the UK treasury under Gordon Brown that were to be used to assess the UK's readiness to join the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union (EMU), and so adopt the euro as its official currency. In principle, these tests were distinct from any political decision to join. The five tests were as follows: 1. * Are business cycles and compatible so that we and others could live comfortably with euro interest rates on a permanent basis? 2. * If problems emerge is there sufficient to deal with them? 3. * Would joining EMU create better conditions for firms making long-term decisions to invest in Britain? 4. * What impact would entry into EMU have on the competitive position of the UK's financial services industry, particularly the City's wholesale markets? 5. * In summary, will joining EMU promote higher growth, stability and a lasting increase in jobs? In addition to these self-imposed criteria, the UK would also have to meet the European Union's economic convergence criteria ("Maastricht criteria") before being allowed to adopt the euro. One criterion is two years' membership of ERM II, of which the UK is currently not a member. Under the Maastricht Treaty, the UK is not obliged to adopt the euro. When the Brown government was voted out of office in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the tests ceased to be government policy. (en)
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  • The five economic tests were the criteria defined by the UK treasury under Gordon Brown that were to be used to assess the UK's readiness to join the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union (EMU), and so adopt the euro as its official currency. In principle, these tests were distinct from any political decision to join. The five tests were as follows: When the Brown government was voted out of office in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the tests ceased to be government policy. (en)
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