Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has played down the impact of next year's referendum on the decision to maintain shipbuilding in Scotland, while operations will come to an end in Portsmouth.
– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
The Clyde has won these contracts because it's the best place to build the frigates. That won't change with independence.
I've just heard Philip Hammond in the House of Commons confirm what BAE said this morning, that the Clyde was the most effective and value-for-money place to build the contract. That's the reality and I mean no disrespect to Portsmouth about that.
There's been an investment in the Clyde in recent years. The skill mix in the Clyde means that that's the best place to build these ships.