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Scottish Governing Party Could Stay in NATO if Nukes Removed
Scotland's governing party could reverse its longstanding resistance to membership in NATO if nuclear weapons are removed from the country's territory, the Scotsman newspaper reported on Tuesday (see GSN, April 17).
Scottish National Party defense spokesman Angus Robertson intends to petition members at the annual SNP conference in October to allow the change in party platform as a means of reassuring the Scottish public over the future defenses of an independent nation following a potential 2014 vote on secession from the United Kingdom.
As the Scottish National Party strongly opposes nuclear weapons and NATO is a nuclear alliance, the proposed change is anticipated to face strong objections from many SNP stalwarts. On Monday, Scottish parliament lawmaker and SNP member Jamie Hepburn said he "may well consider" attempting to thwart the proposed change.
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