If Scotland becomes independent in 2014, Trident will have nowhere to go.
This is the verdict from within the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It is also the conclusion of a CND report, based on government archives, into potential alternative sites for Trident.
An MoD source has confirmed that “there simply isn’t anywhere else where we can do what we do at Coulport [nuclear weapons storage], and without that, there is no deterrent.”
CND’s report analyses the MoD’s own archives from 1963 which considered sites for the Polaris nuclear weapons system. CND says that documents, which at that time provided evidence for discounting potential locations, are now being dusted off by the MoD in a search for an alternative location to Trident’s current home, Faslane and Coulport in Scotland.
With options including a 2012 Olympic sailing venue, National Trust land and densely populated areas, CND Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary claims “Trident is at a dead end”
“Trident is at a dead end, strategically and economically. Now we can add ‘geographically’ to the list too, as MoD sources have confirmed CND’s analysis: there ‘simply isn’t anywhere else’ for Trident to go", she said.
The expenses incurred in replacing Trident are already snowballing, say CND. They add that additional costs and the difficulty of relocating Trident from Scotland "should once and for all lay to rest any plans for Britain to waste well in excess of £100bn on a Cold War weapons system. At a time of the biggest public sector cuts in British history, the facts now speak for themselves: Trident has nowhere to go.”
There are already serious concerns over the strategic necessity of Britain retaining a nuclear weapons system. The Government's National Security Strategy has downgraded the risk of state-on-state nuclear attack to a tier two threat. Several senior military figures, including former General, now Lord, David Ramsbottom, have described Trident as "fundamentally useless".
Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, stated that “Scotland could make a major contribution to nuclear disarmament with international implications. Over the years nuclear weapons have been imposed on Scotland but now we have an opportunity to make a difference and to put an end to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Britain.”
* Read the CND report 'Trident: nowhere to go' here http://banthebomb.org/ne/images/stories/pdfs/nowheretogo.pdf