NATO

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FOR INDEPENDENCE FOR THE UNION

Entry as a new member

John Dyrby Paulsen the Foreign affairs and Defence spokesperson for the ruling Social Democratic party of Denmark believes that Scotland would be invited "immediately" to be a member of NATO following independence, and that the SNP's policy of ridding Scotland of Trident nuclear weapons would have "absolutely no impact" on that invitation. An independent Scotland would be welcomed because it has, "been a part of NATO since the 1940s and it would be natural for Scotland to be part of it"[1],

References

  1. Interview with Press & Journal, reported by www.newsnetscotland.com 1 Oct 2013

Entry as a new member

Scottish civil servants were told by Nato officials in July 2013 that no new member would be allowed to join Nato if that state could not show a history of stable defence policies and structures[1]. Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty also implies that every NATO member accepts the alliance's nuclear first-strike policy. The Scottish government's determination to close down the Trident nuclear submarine base at Faslane would be a major obstacle to Scotland's application. Lord Robertson, a former secretary general of Nato and UK Defence Secretary said Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria were expected to resolve disputes over Transylvania and crossings over the Danube before starting their Nato membership process. Robertson said Faslane's continued operations were integral to Nato's strategic concept[2].


References

  1. NATO chiefs deal blow to SNP's anti-nuclear strategy, Severin Carroll, The Guardian, Wednesday 14 August 2013
  2. Severin Carroll, Ibid
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