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The Scottish National Party has slammed the UK Government for committing to a secret decade-long agreement with the United States on nuclear weapons.
 
The Mutual Defence Agreement - which was first signed in 1958 - has been given a 10-year extension by the UK Government.

The new treaty has been kept confidential, which prevented the UK Parliament the opportunity to discuss it.  It emerged only after US President Barack Obama announced it to the US Congress.

The agreement is fundamental to the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons on the Clyde and allows for the transfer of information and collaboration relating to nuclear technology between the US and the UK.

Whitehall officials have said that the content of the agreement will be kept secret as revealing it could "assist proliferation" of nuclear weapons -despite both the US and UK insisting the agreement does not in any way breach their obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

Commenting, SNP defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP said:

"Not only has the UK government denied Parliament the right to discuss this treaty, but worryingly they are refusing to disclose the content of what was signed.  

"The move signals a stepping up of the UK's cooperation with the US over the design of nuclear warheads, which raises new concerns about the independence of Trident nuclear weapons.

"Only a Yes vote in the independence referendum can get rid of Trident from Scotland, and ensure that the billions of pounds the Westminster parties want to waste on weapons of mass destruction can be invested instead in building a fairer society and stronger economy."

The news follows recent revelations that nuclear warheads had been secretly transported through Scotland’s largest city in the dead of night.

According to Scottish CND, a convoy of more than 20 military vehicles drove through the centre of Glasgow on the M74 shortly after midnight two weeks ago.  The convoy included four special lorries which transport Trident nuclear bombs.

Comments  

 
# ButeHouse 2014-07-30 19:08
This is excellent news for YES.

It leaves no one in any doubt that London intends to keep and upgrade it's nuclear arsenal on the Clyde.

Those of us who want rid of nuclear weapons have absolutely no choice but to Vote YES on the 18th.
 
 
# Jacque De Molay 2014-07-30 19:08
Does anyone still wonder why Obama made his remarks about the union now now?

American likes having a tame UK and rewards compliance suchas as Blair's with lucrative financial access connections.

Thatcher/Reegan, Blair/Bush

I would prefer closer ties to Scandanavia and a greater respect for UN mandates - wouldn't you?
 
 
# Davy 2014-07-30 19:11
Perhaps Johann Lamont would like to comment on what her buddies in the tory party are doing with the nuclear weapons stored in Scotland, all "Torys-Together".
 
 
# bringiton 2014-07-30 19:15
UK/England appears to have written into it's unwritten constitution that it will continue to have access to nuclear weapons.
How they are going to do that by basing them in a country whose written constitution specifically forbids such weapons will be interesting.
Perhaps they are banking on the USA putting pressure on a future Scottish government as a condition of NATO membership?
A matter for the people of Scotland to decide.
 
 
# Vavilov 2014-07-30 19:16
It really makes me wonder what our elected representatives are thinking when two parliamentary Early Day Motions (EDM 37 & 153)on our possession and continued development of WMDs get half the number of signatories of an EDM on Wildlife Crime (EDM 189).
 
 
# NkosiEcosse 2014-07-30 19:16
No nukes No Westminster Yes Scotland
 
 
# jimnarlene 2014-07-30 21:34
The death throes of empire. Only Westminster has not realised, their empire died a century ago. As Scotland frees it's self, they might, just might, wake up to that reality.
 
 
# RTP 2014-07-30 21:49
The United States is preparing to sell the Iraqi government 5,000 Hellfire missiles through a proposed $700 million deal intended to equip Baghdad with additional power as militants from the Islamic State continue to wage a campaign across the region.
Its not that long ago that US/UK was bombing hell out of Iraq to get hands on the oil,what a strange world we live in,and the state we have left Libya all in the name of western democracy.
 
 
# Breeks 2014-07-31 04:15
The US has also just admitted rearming the Israelis with mortars and other weapons to bomb the Palestinians in Gazza, and more investment to upgrade the iron dome defence system.
You can't beat a global policeman who acts with complete impartiality, but that manifestly isn't the USA.
 
 
# bringiton 2014-07-30 21:54
One of the many problems the London establishment has is it's empire,or rather it's lack of.
They act in a way,similar to some amputees who continue to have feelings for the limb,long after it has gone.
Only after Scotland has left them will they realise that it has truly gone,never to return and they are going to have to adjust to the new reality.
 
 
# Macart 2014-07-31 01:47
Yeah, a few of us noted this back in June around Obama's visit,

theguardian.com/.../...

and shouted at anyone who would listen, but the stramash over Obama's unity line was too loud. For most it just slipped past unnoticed. This was always the real story behind that week as far as the referendum was concerned. But oor meeja was always good at misdirection. This story didn't make the Scotland section of the Graun for some inexplicable reason.

Who knew?
 
 
# Angus 2014-07-31 11:32
Why does Johann Lamont and other labServative sycophants continue to support basing of Trident in Scotland?
 
 
# gopher3 2014-07-31 14:31
They must be after an ermine collared coat and a nice comfy retirement.
 
 
# Auld Rock 2014-07-31 20:40
Well at least we will not be funding their unelected chamber.

Auld Rock
 
 
# cuckooshoe 2014-08-01 15:55
A new treaty? The contents kept secret?

I wonder if it mentions an independent Scotland.. ;)
 

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