John Reid warns shipbuilders against Scottish independence


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The Independent Online

John Reid, a former Defence Secretary, has warned that UK warships will not be built in Scotland if it votes for independence in next year’s referendum.

His comments come after the defence giant BAE Systems announced that 1,775 jobs will go across the UK and that shipbuilding will end at Portsmouth.

Lord Reid wrote in the Scottish Sunday Express: “The wider lesson from the last few days is that the only way to secure the future of Scotland’s shipyards is to remain in the UK.

“It is a fact that since the Second World War no UK government has ever commissioned the building of a warship in a foreign country… We don’t build warships abroad now –  and what’s left of the  UK wouldn’t do so if Scotland separated.”