Frequently Asked Questions - Will NATO members with nuclear-armed vessels be allowed to enter Scottish waters or dock at Scottish ports?
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It is our firm position that an independent Scotland should not host nuclear weapons and we would only join NATO on that basis.
While the presence of nuclear weapons on a particular vessel is never confirmed by any country, we would expect any visiting vessel to respect the rules that are laid down by the government of an independent Scotland.
While they are both strong advocates for nuclear disarmament, both Norway and Denmark allow NATO vessels to visit their ports without confirming or denying whether they carry nuclear weapons. We intend that Scotland will adopt a similar approach as Denmark and Norway in this respect.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.