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Whether to stay in NATO or not is also being discussed in Scotland, in case they become independent.
Yet the SNP is assuming that this English state would desire to maintain the present defence posture of the old United Kingdom. For instance, they are hoping that the nuclear weapons now based in Faslane would be claimed by England and transferred down south. However there is no guarantee that England alone would wish to be one of the world's nuclear powers. Not only would England's claim to a UN Security council veto, one of the reasons that the UK has continued to maintain a nuclear force, become slightly ludicrous, there has periodically been large domestic pressures internally in England to get rid of these weapons.

An England in this present state of austerity and budget cuts and angered by a Scotland that has broken up the union, might not claim the weapons. For Scotland to become non-nuclear, it needs to have a cooperative relationship with England. Staying in Nato would be one way to reassure England that Scotland was serious about its European defence responsibilities.

Oh no! Scotland may be stuck with the nuclear weapons. Maybe they can find someone who is interested in buying them.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 08:43:06 AM EST
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LOL. They can ask Iran. A win-win situation.
by Katrin on Tue Apr 17th, 2012 at 03:21:48 PM EST
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Does Scotland even possess the knowhow to make those things go boom?

Not that I can honestly see England failing to recover their boomers. Leaving aside the staggering irresponsibility, which I could perfectly well ascribe to Little Englanders, it's still the wrong sort of stupidity for the Tories.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Apr 18th, 2012 at 04:32:33 AM EST
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