Nuclear naval base to remain in Scotland

HMS Astute at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane near Glasgow, Scotland Credit: Reuters / David Moir

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said there were "no plans" to move Britain's nuclear deterrent base from Clyde in Scotland as he is "confident" the Scottish people want to remain part of the UK. He said:

"We are confident that the Scottish people will choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. The Faslane complex is the largest employment site in Scotland with over 6,500 jobs underpinning the local economy."

"We have no plans to move the nuclear deterrent from the Clyde. On the contrary, we intend to move the Astute and Trafalgar Class attack submarines to Faslane, creating a further 1,500 jobs."