Scotland plays a key role in the Atlantic alliance and global security as part of the UK, contributing fully to the UK’s professional armed forces. Our armed forces are the envy of many countries, and are universally respected for their capability.
If it left the UK, Scotland would lose influence over Western defence policy, thus, in effect, losing influence over its own defence. Nationalist policies would undermine the UK’s role as a key member of NATO, and Scotland’s armed forces and defence-related industries would face rapid decline.
Fortunately, in 2014 Scots decided to stay in the UK and thus we continue to wield international influence and benefit fully from global alliances and co-operation. As a result we are safer abroad and at home in today’s uncertain world.
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