If the SNP wins independence, the UK devises a secret plan to “transfer nuclear submarines from Scotland.”
According to rumours, top-secret plans are being put up to shift Britain’s nuclear weapons to America or France if Scotland exits the Union.
Nicola Sturgeon, who has formed an SNP-Green Party partnership, is calling for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has committed to abolish all nuclear weapons if Scotland becomes an independent state.
Senior officials told the Financial Times that if Scotland leaves the union, Trident may have to be based outside the UK.
New sites suggested include Kings Bay, Georgia, where the US nuclear fleet is stationed, and Île Longue in Brittany, France.
Any transfer outside of the UK would almost certainly be divisive, raising doubts about the nuclear deterrent’s independence.
A cheaper alternative would be to relocate the nuclear fleet to Devonport in Plymouth, which would cost £3-4 billion.
According to the Financial Times, there are concerns that the continental shelf may impede submarines from sinking fast, making them easier to track for foreign countries.
A third option would see the naval stations of Faslane and Coulport become an overseas British entity, similar to Gibraltar.
However, this would require the Scottish government’s approval, which could be difficult to obtain.