Yes Scotland welcomes support of Scottish CND
Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, has welcomed the decision of Scottish CND to campaign for an independent Scotland.
He said: "Research shows that an overwhelming majority of people in Scotland are opposed to nuclear weapons and I am delighted that Scottish CND are joining our ever-growing independence family. An independent Scotland will have the opportunity to elect a government of its choice, as opposed to being ruled by a Westminster government we did not vote for. By doing so people against nuclear weapons can effectively turn strong vocal opposition into action."
At their AGM on Saturday, Scottish CND members approved a motion saying:
"Conference urges all members to give priority to the campaign for a 'Yes vote' in the 2014 independence referendum, which will give the Scottish Government a mandate to negotiate a written constitution with a clause on No Nuclear Weapons in Scotland. Conference resolves that SCND affiliates to and promotes the “Yes” campaign as the most immediate and effective way of getting rid of Trident."
Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, said: "The independence referendum provides a great opportunity not just to remove Trident from Scotland, but to achieve nuclear disarmament in Britain. People will consider a whole range of subjects when deciding how to vote in 2014. We recognise that we have members who will not be supporting independence for other reasons. On the issue of nuclear disarmament, our advice is to vote Yes."
The Tory chairman of the Westminster Defence Select Committee has questioned whether Trident replacement is “an appropriate use of very scarce resources.”
Last night Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked the Coalition’s Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, four questions about what will happen to Scotland if we vote No.
Did he provide clarity?
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Even this week's Westminster report on security after independence notes “It is clearly in the UK’s interests to be surrounded by secure and resilient neighbouring countries, including – in the event of a yes vote – an independent Scottish state.” There will be continued close cooperation in our mutual interest.
Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference in Perth today that only a Yes vote in September can deliver a fairer, more prosperous Scotland.
Addressing delegates in her capacity as SNP deputy leader, she said in a keynote speech:
"Ask yourself this question. Who will do a better job of creating a fairer and more prosperous Scotland: people who live and work in Scotland or politicians at Westminster?"