John-McAnally-_2853836bBritain will be forced to abandon its nuclear weapons if Scotland becomes independent, a senior admiral has warned. In an article for The Daily Telegraph today, Vice-Adml John McAnally said Scottish independence is “the biggest strategic threat faced by our Armed Forces”. He warned that Britain would lose its seat on the UN Security Council and England and Scotland would be reduced to “two struggling nations on Europe’s periphery”. Vice-Adml McAnally, a former commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies, said there is “every possibility” Britain could be forced into unilateral nuclear disarmament. The Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines is based at Faslane in Scotland which Vice-Adml McAnally warned could cost billions to relocate, leading to the loss of the fleet altogether.

He said: “Today, we can still say with pride that the Armed Forces are one of the great UK brands… Dividing the Union would do them immense damage, leaving both Scotland and Britain with huge bills to make up for the gaps in lost infrastructure. MORE