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NATO will make decision on membership, not SNP

July 17, 2012 3:16 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the SNP's new defence policy, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell MP said:

"The SNPs new defence policy lacks as much credibility as their previous efforts.

"Whether an independent Scotland would be a member of NATO will not be decided by the SNP but by NATO itself. NATO acts by unanimity. Why should it accept an independent Scotland which wants to dictate its own terms of membership including the removal of nuclear weapons which are essential to NATO policy?

"The SNP want an independent Scotland to have the protection of the nuclear umbrella but without shouldering any of the responsibilities that come with being a member of a nuclear alliance."