Several requests have been issued in the British parliament this week on the details about potential contingency arrangements for the UK’s nuclear-armed submarines should Scotland choose to expel them after a planned secession vote in 2014.
Defense Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Peter Luff replied in a written statement:
“The Ministry of Defence is not making plans to change the base ports of those classes of submarines currently base-ported at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde. The Department does not therefore hold cost estimates or other information that would relate to such changes.
The Government are clear that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support the Union in any referendum.”
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has recently called for a vote on independence which is likely to be held in 2014. In case of a Yes vote for Scottish independence, the governing SNP supports the removal of the UK’s four Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines from Faslane, along with the long-range Trident missiles and nuclear warheads stored at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport.
Read the parliamentary statements here.