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Jim Murphy MP, Labour's shadow defence secretary, responding to reports Faslane base on Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute could have the same status as the British sovereign military bases, said: 

"This underlines the uncertainty of Scottish independence. Major questions remain unresolved by the SNP who have a defence policy based more on faith than fact.

"The best way to protect the Scottish defence industry and national interest is for Scotland to remain part of its primary defence alliance: the UK. The SNP are confused on nuclear defence. They seek the security of the NATO nuclear alliance without fully accepting the NATO Strategic Concept. The SNP want to downgrade Scotland's role in the world and our strength at home. The UK provides Scotland not just with protection but influence."

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