The SNP has reaffirmed that nuclear weapons would have to be removed quickly from Scottish soil after independence but is refusing to commit to a specific timetable. The party is working on a roadmap to move nuclear weapons from the Clyde. It is also drawing up defence diversification plans intended to cushion the economic impact of their withdrawal from Faslane, home of the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet, which Boris Johnson visited last month. “This is not something we have put much detail around but there would need to be an agreed timetable to remove nuclear weapons as quickly, sensibly and securely as possible,” said SNP defence spokesman Stewart McDonald. “We recognise we are not the sole party in negotiations, and there would need to be a proper and sensible agreement. “As part of that process we also hope that the decision to remove weapons from Scottish soil might have an impact on any decision by the rest of the UK to renew Trident in future.” Last month, SNP CND, a group of SNP members within the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, published its own roadmap for Trident removal and the dismantling of nuclear weapons within the lifetime of the first parliament after Scottish independence.
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