Unreal breaking news for Wednesday, MOD/Westmister have held, till now, secret talks with Hollyrood/SNP and Plaid Cymru, Nicola Sturgeon vowed to remove ‘Trident’ from Scottish soil and it seems Wales are happy to take the financial incentive offered by London to have Nuclear weapons ANYWHERE in the UK apart from England. This is BRILLIANT news for Scotland. I have a family member and a few friends who I know or know off that work at Faslane in whatever job description, I am hearing Faslane will still operate, keep the community running with work, the only change will be utterly huge, A NUCLEAR FREE SCOTLAND!!
This is (If it happens) a HUGE win for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. If they can pull this off I suspect, as I have been told in idle gossiping circles that Alex Salmond, who vowed to ‘Not stand down after the Referendum’ has a ‘Something’ he is using as some kind of, as Alex said himself that will make him a modern day Guy Fawkes in Westminster.
The video below is from Monday at FMQs, around the 5 minute 50 seconds mark Nicola talks about Trident
THE UK’s nuclear deterrent would be “more than welcome” in Wales if the Scottish Government wanted rid of it, Carwyn Jones said yesterday.
The First Minister told the Senedd that if the SNP wanted to remove the fleet of nuclear submarines from Faslane on the west coast of Scotland it – and the jobs which went with it – would be welcomed in Milford Haven. Mr Jones had been asked during First Minister’s Questions about the potential to invest in Welsh ports.
He responded: “I did notice the Scottish Government no longer wishes to have the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, it no longer wishes to house the UK naval nuclear fleet. There will be more than a welcome for that fleet and those jobs in Milford Haven.” Britain has four Vanguard submarines based at Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, which can deploy Trident ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads. The comments were met with immediate condemnation from Plaid Cymru, who said the First Minister had “no grasp on reality if he believes that the people of Wales want nuclear weapons stored in Wales”.
The Ministry of Defence said that it was not making plans to move the UK’s nuclear deterrent from HM Naval Base Clyde. The Scottish Government has made no secret of its desire to move the fleet from Scotland.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has long voiced concerns about the dangers of nuclear energy, either to generate power or as part of Britain’s military defence, and has said the weapons would leave Scotland were it to vote to leave the UK in 2014, even though it has been warned that removing the deterrent from the Clyde would be the biggest bill in the post-independence negotiations. Following Mr Jones’ comments, a spokesman for the Welsh Government sought to clarify them, saying they were nothing to do with Scottish independence.
He said: “As a staunch supporter of the union, the First Minister has made it clear on many occasions that he wants to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom. “However, the Scottish Government has made it clear that they wish to see the fleet leave Scotland at the earliest opportunity.
“The First Minister recognises the substantial economic benefits of relocating Britain’s nuclear submarine to West Wales. There would be more than a welcome in Wales for this kind of economic boost, which would bring thousands of high-quality and well paid jobs to the area. “The First Minister is of the view that he would be neglecting his duty to do what he can to boost the Welsh economy if he were to dismiss the possibility of bringing these jobs to Wales.”
But Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, Simon Thomas, said the First Minister’s statement illustrated the Labour Government’s “lazy approach to policy development” and said its focus should be on plausible job creation schemes to boost the Welsh economy. He said: “Having failed to protect Wales during the economic crisis, the First Minister is now reduced to making ridiculous pronouncements which do nothing for his own credibility, and do even less for Wales’ image in the world. “He clearly has no grasp on reality if he believes that the people of Wales want nuclear weapons stored in Wales. “It would be far better for Wales for the UK government to do what Plaid Cymru has long called for – scrap the Trident project completely and spend the massive cost on plausible job creation schemes to boost our economy.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The Government is clear that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. “No plans for independence are being made, as the Government is confident that people in Scotland will continue to support the UK in any referendum. “We are therefore not making plans to move the nuclear deterrent from HM Naval Base Clyde.”
The prominent defence journal Defence Analysis argued earlier this year that Wales and not England could be a leading location for the nuclear submarine fleet.
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