Nuclear Weapons and the Scottish Question
1 April 2002
Published by Nonproliferation Review
This article addresses three particular questions. What are the consequences (actual and potential) of devolution for the operational and political management of the UK nuclear deterrent, and for policy decisions relating to it? What political, legal, and military options in regards to the nuclear force would be available to the Edinburgh and London governments if the Scottish people voted for independence and how realisable would they be? And what lessons can be drawn for wider international debates about the fragmentation and collapse of nuclear-armed states?