Nay or Yay to NATO

Whether an independent Scotland should be a member of NATO has been the subject of vigorous debate over many years. Until recently the policy of the SNP, the party of government in Scotland since 2007, was that it would withdraw from NATO upon independence. This policy seems to have been based almost entirely on the premise that NATO is a “nuclear led alliance”, and more specifically on the fact that the Alliance has not eschewed the principle of first strike.

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