In a week that has seen the revelation that the SNP are to ask their national conference to overturn their stance on an independent Scotland joining NATO we ask the general public the same question.
For 30 years the SNP has opposed membership of the defence organisation, but now delegates at the SNP conference will debate whether an independent Scotland could be a part of it.
Angus Robertson told BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “We can manage to deliver our decade’s commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons, that is very important.
“But, at the same time, we can retain the commitment to neighbours, allies and friends and those are countries like Denmark, Norway, Iceland and plenty of others who believe it is important to work together, and for them the organisation that does that is NATO.”
Whilst Lord Robertson former UK Defence Minister and Labour Peer claimed the Nationalists had “misread” Scotland’s obligations. He continued that the SNP’s stance to removing nuclear weapons, and demanding the right to opt out of missions not sanctioned by the UN would “be greeted with derision by other countries in NATO, including the smaller ones.”
Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy added: “This raises more questions than it answers. This has more to do with the referendum than the defence of our country.
“This is a really clumsy attempt at an SNP U-turn which has landed them back where they started – totally confused about defence.”
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