Ministry of Defence
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New Scotland analysis paper on Defence
Scotland benefits from every single pound spent on UK defence, a new Scotland analysis programme paper makes clear.
The Scotland analysis paper on Defence, published today, highlights the extent to which an independent Scotland would no longer benefit from the £34 billion annual UK defence budget, one of the largest in the world.
The complex and integrated nature of the UK’s defence capabilities mean that an independent Scotland would have real difficulties trying to replicate a similar but smaller force from scratch.