An independent Scotland would not house Trident missiles

Alex Salmond has rejected suggestions that an independent Scotland would allow the UK to keep Trident missiles on the Clyde in the same way as its forces have bases in Cyprus.

In an interview on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, the first minister said the decision by the Scottish National party (SNP) conference to remove Trident from Scottish soil, while still seeking membership of NATO, was non-negotiable.

Ideally, he said, all the UK’s nuclear weapons would be scrapped if Scotland won independence. “Far better it was curtains for Trident, I would say,” he said…

The SNP would now make joining NATO conditional on the alliance accepting that an independent Scotland would require the removal of Trident nuclear weapons from the Clyde – a measure some critics suggest could cost up to £25bn. It would also insist on participating only in military action sanctioned by the UN…

Scotland by majority doesn’t want nuclear weapons. The SNP proposal would be to write that into the constitution of the state and that would make nuclear weapons illegal in Scotland.”

Not too shabby for a nationalist party that just about everyone has always considered to be conservative by definition.

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