De­fence sec­re­tary at­tacks SNP over nu­clear stance

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The De­fence Sec­re­tary has hit out at the SNP’s “con­fused” po­si­tion on nu­clear weapons on a visit to the Clyde Naval Base.

Sir Michael Fal­lon, right, held global se­cu­rity talks with Nato’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jens Stoltenberg, left, and am­bas­sadors at the home of the UK’s nu­clear de­ter­rent to mark the 350th nu­clear sub­ma­rine pa­trol.

He said the UK would con­tinue to play a lead­ing role in Nato’s de­ter­rence mis­sions, em­pha­sis­ing the £1.3 bil­lion in­vest­ment planned for the base over the next 10 years.

The visit came a day af­ter Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon reaf­firmed her com­mit­ment to re­mov­ing nu­clear mis­siles from Scot­land. Speak­ing at Holy­rood, she said: “I want to see a world free of nu­clear weapons and I think that coun­tries such as the United King­dom should lead by ex­am­ple.”

Re­spond­ing to the com­ments, Sir Michael said the SNP needed to “sort out” their po­si­tion on the nu­clear de­ter­rent.

He said: “As I un­der­stand it the SNP po­si­tion seems very con­fused now. They want to join Nato, Nato is a nu­clear al­liance and our nu­clear forces, the French nu­clear forces, the Amer­i­can nu­clear forces are part of Nato’s nu­clear al­liance.

“The nu­clear de­ter­rent here to­day keep Bri­tain safe, it keeps Nato safe as well and Scot­land is part of that.”

Pic­ture: PA.

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