Trident

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FOR THE UNION FOR INDEPENDENCE
Timescale for removal

THE Trident nuclear deterrent would continue to be based in Scotland for many years after a vote for independence, the UK Government has warned [1]. “Any alternative solution would come at huge cost. It would be an enormous exercise to reproduce the facilities elsewhere". The Ministry of Defence ruled out any notion of relocating the Vanguard submarines which carry the Trident nuclear missiles to bases in France or America.

Effect on jobs

The UK Government has said that Independence would eventually lead to the entire submarine fleet being pulled out of Faslane on the Clyde, with the loss of 8,200 jobs[2], even though in 2011 the SNP welcomed the moving of Astute and Trafalgar subs to Faslane.

Costs

The UK Government would want Scotland to share the costs of relocation should it force the deterrent to be moved from Faslane.


References

  1. Scotsman 10 January 2013
  2. Scotsman, ibid

Timescale for removal

Following a vote for independence, the SNP would seek agreement on removal of nuclear weapons within the first term of the Scottish Parliament following independence[1].

Effect on jobs

SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson commented "Faslane has a bright future as the base for Scotland’s conventional naval forces with independence, rather than as a repository for Trident nuclear weapons that the people and parliament of Scotland do not want.”[2].

Costs

A decision to replace the Trident missile system was made in 2006. The lifetime cost of the project is expected to be up to £100 billion[3]. This would not be shared.

References

  1. Scotland's Future: Chapter 6: International Relations & Defence
  2. Scotsman 10 January 2013
  3. Scotsman, ibid