Britain's Nukes Could Move to Plymouth if Scotland Goes Independent

By Gary Cutlack on at

A report into the tricky issue of looking after the country's stock of nuclear weapons says there would be no problem shipping them from their current base in Scotland down south, with naval stronghold Plymouth's Devonport dockyard tipped to be the nuke hotspot should Scotland vote to become independent.

According to the Royal United Services Institute thinktank, the cost of relocating Trident and the submarine fleet away from Scotland could add £3.5bn to the price of keeping our nuclear threat, a drop in the ocean when it comes to astronomical military budgets that include around £80bn to keep Trident going for another 25 years.

The Institute says that inevitable local opposition might delay any move, but once the locals have been steamrollered into accepting it there's no reason why the base can't be moved 600 miles or so down south. [Guardian]