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UK/Scotland: Scottish Independence Would Weaken UK
A procession with a pipe band and anglers made its way through Kenmore at the east end of Loch Tay to mark the start of the 2012 salmon season on the River Tay on January 16 in Kenmore, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
February 7, 2012
| Security, Economics
| Europe
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Debate over Scottish independence is heating up in Britain as Scottish voters seem all but certain to go to the polls in 2014 to vote on whether to cut ties to London. If Scotland were to become an independent country, there would be major economic and security consequences for Britain, as Scotland is home to the majority of the UK’s oil and all of its nuclear weapons.The question of Scottish independence has grown more intense since the Scottish National Party (SNP) won a majority in Scotland’s parliament in 2007. The SNP pledged to hold a referendum on the question, and their leader, Prime Minister Alex Salmond, has said he fervently believes that Scotland would be better off as an independent country. A split would mean that Scotland would control a majority of UK oil reserves in the North Sea, major strategic British navy ports would be lost and the entire British army would have to be restructured.
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