Westminster’s commitment to nuclear weapons leaves other aspects of our defence weakened.
Nuclear weapons are wrong strategically, morally and financially. Westminster’s irresponsible obsession with nuclear weapons is an immoral and ruinous expense. Current estimates are that the nuclear deterrent costs us around £2.7 billion a year – money that could be spent on new hospitals, schools and uplifting armed forces’ pay.
We support long-term investment in HMNB Faslane as a conventional military base. The SNP’s position on nuclear weapons is clear; The SNP, in the event of independence, would use Scotland’s new sovereign powers to remove them from Scottish territory. The SNP would advocate for the withdrawal of nuclear weapons as soon as can safely be undertaken.