Ever since Britain joined the European Union in 1973 (back when it was called the 'European Community'), there have been murmurings of whether to withdraw.
In fact, just two years after first joining, Britain held a referendum on whether to stay within the Union, for which 66 per cent voted yes. This turned out to be the first national referendum of its kind - with the second taking place in 2011 and concerning the AV system of voting.

Allow us to imagine every retailer's nightmare - a physical cash theft.

An opportunistic thief has managed to snatch bags of money from a vulnerable staff member on their way to delivering the firm's turnover to a bank.

As well as having a negative effect on balance sheets as insurance may not cover the loss, cash theft can have a significant impact on the well-being of staff if they are present at or even worse, at the centre of an incident.

With a constant stream of new payment technologies reaching the marketplace, you'd be forgiven for questioning the role of physical cash in today's society. Now that we can pay for goods online, via contactless means or a host of other methods, will cash remain relevant in five, ten, even fifty years' time?
Where is the humble Great British Pound headed in the future?

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