News

Alex Salmond to officially outline plans for Scottish Defence Force

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has revealed the publication date of the SNP’s Independence White Paper, which will set out the blueprint of an independent Scotland, including the formation of a Scottish Defence Force.

Speaking at the Scottish National Party Conference in Perth, Mr Salmond said that the detailed case for independence would be published on 26 November.

Scottish Defence Force

The White Paper is likely to outline plans for the establishment of a Scottish Defence Force, plans for the removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish waters at Faslane, and the distribution of military assets between an independent Scotland and its neighbours in the rest of the UK.

Mr Salmond’s speech follows the publication of a report by the UK Government entitled ‘Scotland Analysis: Defence’, which outlined Defence Secretary Philip Hammond’s views that ‘an independent Scotland would face an immediate and pressing challenge to establish Armed Forces capability and supporting defence machinery’.

The paper highlighted the employment and economic benefits the defence industry brings to Scotland that would be threatened should Scotland leave the UK.

Commenting on Scotland Analysis report, Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of Defence trade organisation ADS Group, said:

“The UK’s defence industry in Scotland makes a significant contribution to the economy, as well as national security and support of our armed forces.  Today’s report by the Government, and that recently published by the House of Commons Defence Committee, highlights the need for the clearest possible explanation of Defence plans and priorities in the event of Scottish Independence, allowing the people of Scotland to make an informed decision.” 

Defence procurement implications

The issue of independence will have wide-reaching implications on the whole of the UK, and not least on the defence industry as we currently know it. Defence supply chains, procurement budgets, international relationships, distribution of assets and much more will be affected, and suppliers to the defence marketplace across the whole of the UK need to remain aware of the possible changes a ‘yes’ vote will bring.

Defence Contracts International aims to keep those with an interest in the defence market up to date with all the news and opportunities necessary to succeed in this industry. Find out more about DCI today and discover the precision intelligence you need to ensure your success.

Free Tender Search

Recent Posts

 

Who are we?

From publishing the first national directory of public sector contracts, to being the first to market with our online Tracker solution, we have been the true pioneers of technology and innovation in the public sector marketplace. Throughout our 39 years, we have continued to evolve and chart new territory – placing our customers at the heart of everything we do. Take your business to the next level with Tracker now.

If you request a demo today!

Download your Free 6 month UK Defence Industry Report

Download your Free 6 month UK Defence Industry Report

When you sign up for a free trial or demo.

Limited time only

    BiP Solutions owns DCI and we look after your details carefully. We offer a range of products, services and events (some of which are free) that help buyers tender more efficiently and suppliers find, bid for and win public and private sector contracts. Only tick this box if you wish to receive information about these. We will never share your details with third parties and you will have the opportunity of opting out of communications every time we contact you. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy

    Start Your Free Trial Today

    Download your Free 6 month UK Defence Industry Report

    Download your Free 6 month UK Defence Industry Report

    When you sign up for a free trial or demo.

    Limited time only

      BiP Solutions owns DCI and we look after your details carefully. We offer a range of products, services and events (some of which are free) that help buyers tender more efficiently and suppliers find, bid for and win public and private sector contracts. Only tick this box if you wish to receive information about these. We will never share your details with third parties and you will have the opportunity of opting out of communications every time we contact you. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy