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UK Defence

Death by a thousand cuts

The paper implied that an independent Scotland would not be able to defend itself nor play any meaningful part in the defence of the British Isles

Prior to the 2014 independence referendum, the UK Government issued its paper ‘Scotland Analysis: Defence’, in which it sought to show the defence and security benefits to Scotland of staying in the Union. The paper highlighted the claimed benefits of security and protection through integrated defence; security and influence through international alliances and relationships; and opportunities for industry through a single domestic market. The assumptions in the paper were that an independent Scotland would be isolated and unable to join NATO, and its defence industries would be without work.

The paper implied that an independent Scotland would not be able to defend itself nor play any meaningful part in the defence of the British Isles. Furthermore, there were veiled threats that the remaining UK (rUK) could veto any applications by Scotland to join NATO and the EU. Scotland would thus have been the first country or colony to leave the former British Empire and be cast out completely. This despite Scotland having stood shoulder to shoulder with the Empire and UK through countless conflicts and wars for more than 300 years and would likely stand with them again in causes that were just and legal.

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