Sovereignty: Scotland

Defence written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will allocate resources to considering the effect on UK military capabilities of Scotland voting in favour of separation in the 2014 referendum.

Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 2 July 2012

The UK Government position is clear: Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. The UK Government are not making plans for independence as we are confident that people in Scotland will continue to support Scotland remaining within the UK in any referendum.

In the run-up to the referendum the UK Government will produce detailed evidence and analysis to assess the benefits that Scotland gains from being part of the UK and the contribution that Scotland makes to the UK. As one of the major reserved areas, Defence will feature significantly in this work.

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