September 17, 2014
In fact, that's a pretty good argument when it comes to getting Scotland to assume its share of the debt. "Oh, you don't want the debt? I'm afraid we'll be keeping the port and will continue basing our submarine fleet there..."
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Wed Sep 17 17:45:31 2014 (zJsIy)
I'm wondering if the Labour types that are running the show in Scotland are so hysterically anti-nuke that they are willing to take their third of the debt. Alternatively, there might have been some terms in the agreement on the vote that ties England's hands on the matter.
I'm guessing that the Scots actually voting to leave was just not taken seriously until as late as last week.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wed Sep 17 18:27:11 2014 (DnAJl)
Military bases are legendary for providing local jobs, and I think this is just a threat by the English. "You better not vote for independence, Scots!"
Like as not, if the Scots do divorce the English, they would indeed keep the base, and England would pay Scotland for the privilege.
(The US sends a rent check to Cuba every year. And the Cubans rip it up every year. I doubt an independent Scotland would do the same, however.)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wed Sep 17 20:24:37 2014 (+rSRq)
Is that declaration limited to nuclear weapons, or does it include nuclear power plants as well? (A quick check of Wikipedia shows that there are two nuclear power plants currently operating in Scotland, supplying half of their electricity; OTOH, public opinion in Scotland is strongly against nuclear power, and the Scottish Parliament voted against construction of any new nuclear power plants back in 2008.)
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Wed Sep 17 21:23:42 2014 (2eP1J)
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Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Fri Sep 19 00:37:54 2014 (+rSRq)
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