UK Nuclear Deterrent

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons on 13th June 2022.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

It is certainly the case that the SNP cannot have it both ways. It wants to have an independent Scotland and join NATO, while also removing part of its nuclear defence. I notice that the First Minister alone said in 2021 that an independent Scotland would be a “keen signatory” to the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. That would make it the only NATO country to be a signatory to that treaty, and it is a clue to how the SNP says one thing and does another.