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SNP ‘considers Nato policy change’

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2012

I would bet that Salmond will indeed change the SNP’s policy on NATO and advance his vision of Scotland as an Atlanticist satellite

Newropeans(Source: BBC)

15th April, 2012

The SNP leadership is considering proposing a change to the party’s policy on Nato, BBC Scotland understands. The party has been opposed to membership of the military alliance for more than 30 years. But the next meeting of its National Council in June is expected to discuss whether an independent Scotland should remain in Nato. The SNP would maintain its commitment to ditching nuclear weapons.

On Monday, the UK will conduct a military exercise with Nato allies off the west coast of Scotland. Whether Scottish forces would continue to take part in such manoeuvres after independence now appears to be a live issue within the party. Professor James Mitchell of Strathclyde University said his research suggested any proposal to remain part of Nato would get a fair hearing from the SNP membership. He said: “The majority of members would support Scottish membership of Nato, but it has to be said that it is a bare majority and the strength of feeling on this is not great. “In other words very few of the SNP’s members feel that this is a matter of great urgency and great importance”.

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