SNP to propose nuclear ban
The Scottish government is to propose that the removal of nuclear weapons should be a legal requirement in an independent Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.
SNP ministers believe that removing nuclear weapons from Scottish territory should be included in an independent Scotland’s interim constitution – a move that would put a constitutional duty on the Scottish Government to negotiate towards taking Trident out of the Clyde
Scottish Labour view on nuclear weapons
Labour’s social justice spokeswoman [in Scotland] Jackie Baillie said: “If ridding
the world of nuclear weapons was as simple as writing it in a constitution, the world would already be a far safer place but the reality is very different and Nicola Sturgeon knows this. “By moving nuclear weapons down the coast, Scotland will not be any safer. “We would lose thousands of jobs and lose the security of NATO. “It would be better to rid the whole world of nuclear weapons through international negotiations rather than isolate ourselves from the global community.”
MORE Scots believe Trident nuclear missiles should stay in the country if it becomes independent than think the weapons should be removed, research has revealed. Two-fifths of people [40%] north of the Border said that if there was a Yes vote in the referendum, Britain’s nuclear submarines – currently sited at the Faslane base on the Clyde – could
continue to be based there. But 37% did not agree with the weapons remaining in Scotland if the country voted for independence.
The Scottish Government has made its opposition to nuclear weapons clear, and wants the Trident submarines out of Scot-land in the event of a Yes vote. In England and Wales, just over a quarter (26 %) agreed that Britain’s nuclear weapons should continue to be based in Scotland if it became a separate country, while 63 % said they should either “definitely” or “probably” be moved elsewhere.