UK creating uncertainty for Scottish shipbuilding
Commenting on news that MoD contracts - valued in excess of £400million - for the next generation of Royal Navy support tankers have been awarded to firms in South Korea, SNP Westminster leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP said the decision was a blow for the domestic ship-building industry and called for an end to scaremongering by Westminster politicians who have spent recent months talking down the prospects of Scottish yards post-independence.
Mr Robertson said:
“After months of scaremongering over the prospects for Scottish shipyard jobs post-independence, it is now clear that it is the UK, right now, that is creating uncertainty for the future of the sector.
“This tendering process began under the last Labour government, who must now explain why these massive contracts are being sent to South Korea.
“With contracts for the fast jets going to France and the Royal Navy tankers going to South Korea people will be asking where is the Union dividend?
“And with UK decisions like this we must now have an end to the constant scaremongering by Westminster politicians who continually talk-down Scotland’s defence-industrial prospects.”