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Scotland Would Rejoin NATO After Leaving UK, Sturgeon Says

  • Sturgeon is targeting new vote on independence by end of 2023
  • SNP plans to remove UK nuclear deterrent from Scottish waters
U.S. President Trump Speaks At NATO Summit

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Scotland is committed to rejoining NATO along with the European Union should it gain independence from the UK after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine heightened security risks, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

In a speech in Washington on Monday, the Scottish National Party leader said the war had made membership in the alliance more vital. She pointed to Scotland’s strategic position in the north of Europe and regular approaches by Russian military aircraft and submarines. The SNP, though, retains its policy of seeking the removal of the UK’s nuclear submarine base from Scotland.