SNP warning on UK defence announcement

The Scottish National Party is warning that the UK Government is about to continue disproportionate defence cuts in an announcement expected this Thursday.

Whitehall briefings indicate that three out of nine Scottish raised Army units may be impacted by disbandment or amalgamation decisions this year.

This follows disproportionate personnel cuts in Scotland in recent years where nearly 30% of military posts have been cut in Scotland compared to a UK average of 11 per cent.

Westminster SNP Leader and defence spokesman Angus Robertson MP said:

"Scotland is facing disproportionate conventional defence cuts yet again from Whitehall. Having suffered nearly 30% cuts to personnel in Scotland over recent years we are now facing amalgamation or disbandment of a third of Scottish raised units.

"This is disproportionate, unwarranted and completely unacceptable.

"Widespread media briefing suggests that in addition to the Lowland Gunners being disbanded, there may be bad news for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

"What Napoleon couldn't destroy at Waterloo the Tories are planning to by getting rid of the last Scottish cavalry regiment.

"In addition, the Royal Regiment of Scotland looks set to lose a regular battalion despite the fact that the Scottish infantry is already smaller than the infantry of the Irish Republic.

"Labour destroyed the regimental integrity of Scottish units and the Tories are breaking their promises to restore them and are planning more cuts.

"Conventional defence in Scotland must be better managed from Scotland with decisions taken in Scotland. A 'Yes' vote in the 2014 referendum for independence will end these disproportionate, damaging and dangerous cuts."