Trident may go to France if Scots vote out: Plans are in place to move our nuclear weapons overseas if Scotland gains independence, report claims
- UK’s nuclear submarines, armed with Trident missiles, are housed in Scotland
- If Scotland gets independence, there are plans in place to move them to France
- First choice would be to move them to Royal Navy base at Devonport in Plymouth
Contingency plans are in place to move Britain’s nuclear weapons to France if Scotland gains independence, it was reported last night.
The UK’s nuclear submarines, armed with Trident missiles, are housed at Royal Navy bases in Coulport and Faslane on the west coast of Scotland.
Ministers are said to have drawn up plans to move the vessels to naval bases in the US or France in the event of the break-up of the Union.
Contingency plans are in place to move Britain’s nuclear weapons to France if Scotland gains independence. Pictured: Faslane Naval Base where the UK’s nuclear submarines are based
The Ministry of Defence might also try to lease the existing naval bases, creating a British Overseas Territory.
The first and preferred option would reportedly be to relocate the submarines to the Royal Navy base at Devonport in Plymouth.
Senior officials told the Financial Times they had been briefed on the contingency plans, which they said showed the difficult choices potentially ahead.
Plymouth naval base would be the first choice for a new home if Scotland gains independence
Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Scottish government was re-elected in May with a promise of a second referendum. The SNP has long opposed the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
The MoD last night said: ‘There are no plans to move the nuclear deterrent from HM Naval Base Clyde (Faslane), which contributes to Scotland’s and the wider UK’s security and economy, and its supporting facilities are safe for local communities.’