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U.K. Examines Plans to Move Nuclear Fleet From Scotland, FT Says

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K’s Ministry of Defense is examining plans to move Britain’s nuclear fleet to England if Scotland declares independence, the Financial Times reported.

A London government would demand billions of pounds in compensation from Scotland to move missiles carried by four Vanguard-class submarines that operate from Faslane, the newspaper cited unidentified officials as saying. Plans to base a fleet of seven Astute-class submarines at the location from 2017 would also be scrapped if Scotland, which is preparing for an independence referendum, breaks from the U.K., the FT said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nicholas Larkin in London at nlarkin1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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