16 Jul 2012
It has been confirmed that the issue of Nato membership in a separate Scotland will be discussed at the SNP autumn conference.
The issue has long caused divisions in the party, with many pointing out its vehement opposition to having nuclear weapons in Scottish waters would compromise any possible entry into the alliance.
SNP MP Angus Robertson also suggested today that Scotland would automatically become part of Nato if it separated from the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly challenged Alex Salmond on the issue this year.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:
“First of all the SNP were absolutely opposed the prospect of joining Nato, then their plans to discuss it over the summer were booted into the long grass.
“Alex Salmond has failed to give proper answers on this when I have asked him about it in parliament, as has Nicola Sturgeon when I challenged her on television.
“The first duty of any government is the protection of its people, yet the SNP is all over the place on defence.
“Much like its misguided stance on the EU, the SNP seems to think an independent Scotland would be waved through to join Nato automatically if they reverse their decades-long opposition to the Alliance.
“They are making it up as they go along.
“How a party so furiously against the concept of nuclear deterrent can take this position is staggering.”
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