Veteran nationalists have questioned the SNP’s commitment to ridding Scotland of Trident after the party demanded multilateral nuclear disarmament in the UK defence review. Alex Salmond, the former first minister who resigned from the SNP in 2018, has urged his former party colleagues to stand by their long-standing policy. In 2010 he had promised “we will never desert the cause of unilateral nuclear disarmament”. However, the SNP has now called on the UK government to commit “wholeheartedly” to a multilateral approach in its integrated foreign policy and defence review. The UK government review is an overhaul of foreign, defence and security policy, designed to make UK defence forces fit for the 21st century. Proposals include equipping armed forces with state-of-the-art technology such as automated drones. The SNP’s submission was sent by Stewart McDonald, the SNP defence spokesman, and Alyn Smith, the party’s foreign affairs spokesman.
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