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Rennie: NATO revelations undermine SNP independence defence plans

August 15, 2013 9:24 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after reports that senior NATO officials have warned theWillie RennieWillie Rennie SNP Government that disputes over the future of nuclear weapons could block an independent Scotland's membership of the organisation, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and former Westminster Defence Spokesman Willie Rennie said:

"Everyone who believes in robust and effective defence of our shores should now think very carefully before backing independence.

"It is little surprise that NATO officials are concerned that an important part of its defence utility could be unilaterally undermined by one of its new members. But this revelation undermines the SNPs case for strong defences for an independent Scotland. To be a normal member of an alliance you should expect to comply with its rules, ethos and purpose.

"If the SNP want to ditch trident they'd need to ditch NATO too. Leaving NATO would leave Scotland without the cornerstone of defence in Europe, potentially exposing us to considerable threats.

"The SNP seemed content to keep voters in the dark on these critical remarks from NATO officials. So much for an open and honest debate about Scotland's future."