After reports of a secret contingency plan for submarines after the independence of Scotland, the government stated that it had “no plan” to transfer the British nuclear deterrent.
British nuclear submarines are stationed at the Royal Naval Bases in Courport and Fasland on the west coast of Scotland, but “senior officials” told the Financial Times that if Scotland votes, the secret plan may transfer them to naval bases in the United States or France. It was in the second referendum.
The newspaper also reported that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) can purchase long-term leases of two naval bases and keep them within an independent Scottish territory, thereby creating a new British overseas territory.
However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense denied any plans to move the submarine.
The spokesperson said: “The UK is firmly committed to maintaining its credible and independent nuclear deterrent at the Clyde Naval Base, which exists to deter the most extreme threats to the UK and our NATO allies.
“There are no plans to transfer the nuclear deterrent from the Clyde Naval Base (Fassland). This contributes to the security and economy of Scotland and the wider United Kingdom, and its supporting facilities are safe for the local community.”
The British “Financial Times” quoted “several senior officials” as saying what would happen to Britain’s nuclear deterrent if Scotland voted in the second independence referendum.
According to the report, the preferred option is to transfer the nuclear deterrent to the Royal Naval Base in Devonport, Plymouth.
According to reports, allied naval bases in the United States and France are also considering joining the fleet.
Another option reportedly being considered is to negotiate a new British Overseas Territory in Scotland, which is called “Nuclear Gibraltar”, and the British government leases Faslane and Coulport from the independent Scottish government.
The Scottish National Party government of Nicola Sturgeon was re-elected in the May elections, and the first minister promised a second referendum on independence.
The Scottish National Party agreed in August to reach a power-sharing agreement with the Scottish Green Party, which enabled the Green Party to enter the government for the first time in the UK.
As a result of the transaction, Sturgeon insisted that she had an “undeniable” authorization to indyref2 because the two parties had 72 seats out of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament.
The SNP has long opposed Britain’s nuclear deterrence and has previously called for not updating the Trident missile.
By David Lynch
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times