Britain’s leaders are examining proposals to claim sovereignty over the military base in Scotland which houses its Trident nuclear deterrent if the Scottish people vote for independence next year, the Guardian reported Thursday.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), which leads the Scottish Parliament, has promised to get rid of all nuclear weapons if it secures a ‘yes’ vote in the independence referendum which will take place in September 2014.
Britain’s government is therefore considering designating as sovereign United Kingdom territory the Faslane base on Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute, giving it the same status as the British sovereign military bases in Cyprus, according to the report.
This would allow the Trident fleet to maintain access to the open seas via the Firth of Clyde.
…Britain holds a long-standing belief in continuous at-sea deterrence, which requires the running of at least one Vanguard submarine armed with 16 Trident nuclear missiles at any given time.
…”The sovereign base area is an option. It is an interesting idea because the costs of moving out of Faslane are eye-wateringly high.”
Full article: Britain mulling sovereignty claim over Scottish nuke base: report (Spacewar)