Frequently Asked Questions - Why would an anti-nuclear Scotland wish to become a member of NATO as a nuclear alliance?
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An independent Scotland working within NATO will be a positive contributor to international peace and security. This position would be similar to the majority of NATO member countries who neither possess nor host nuclear weapons.
NATO’s Strategic Concept states that the alliance is “resolved to seek a safer world and to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons” – an aim that the current Scottish Government shares.
Scotland’s membership of the alliance will bring significant benefits for defence and security co-operation within our region, and will demonstrate a clear commitment towards working in close, responsible and peaceful co-operation with Scotland’s neighbours and allies.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.