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Independence means disarmament - John Major

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has indicated that a Yes vote will be the end of the British nuclear weapons' programme. Speaking on the Radio 4 today programme, he said:

"One of the big implications of Scotland becoming separate would be the SNP's threat to expel Trident from Faslane. That would, in effect, be the end of the serious British nuclear deterrent."

When James Naughtie asked him why this was the case, Major replied

"Because you can't just move those subs. They need proper ports. They need proper facilities. You're talking of many many years before they would have them. By which time Trident may no longer be as relevant as it is now."

Today 18 June 2014 on BBC Iplayer ( at 1:33:00)



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