The leader of Portsmouth City Council has said the decision to shut down the city's shipyard, which is the only one in England able to build advanced surface warships, smacks of politics.
The remaining yards with the capability to build advanced warships are in Scotland, and the referendum on Scottish independence is less than one year away. Ministers have put the defence of the UK and the future of the Navy at real risk.
Portsmouth Conservative councillor Alistair Thompson added: "Many of those who I represent as a councillor are hugely concerned that this decision has been taken for political reasons because of the referendum in Scotland next year."
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.