Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he does not believe the Scottish referendum played a part in the decision to continue shipbuilding in Scotland while closing the Portsmouth yard.
Mr Miliband supported the Government in its claim that the retention of Scottish jobs was for defence reasons only.
The closure of the city's shipyard, which once kept the British Empire afloat, brings 800 years of power and pageantry to an end.
Everyone knows Britain no longer rules the waves, but we may never be sure of the motives that have kept Scottish shipbuilding in business.
The historic naval city and surrounding area has become vulnerable to big shocks like this and the prospect of new jobs is far from certain.