Skip to comments.If Scotland Votes for Independence, Itís Going to Need an Army
Posted on 01/22/2014 9:59:25 AM PST by DesScorp
This year voters in Scotland will decide whether to remain within the United Kingdom. Scottish sovereignty rides on two things: any eventual negotiations between London and Edinburgh and the gradually evolving position of the Scottish National Party, the primary backer of the independence bid. And if it happens, the resulting military reform is going to be a mess. If the vote is yay, the most optimistic date for negotiations is March 2016, but it isnt out of the question that sticking points could push this back. Defense could be one of those points.
In its white paper on a newly independent Scotland, the SNP lists the potential new countrys needs in its first 10 years. The paper calls for an annual military budget of around £2.3 billion$4.1 billionwith a standing army, navy and air force with 15,000 personnel.
It also declares that existing Scottish regiments would carry on their names, identities and traditionsand that those lost in previous defense re-organizations would be brought back.
Scotland would reposition its defense posture towards patrolling the coast, the North Atlantic and the North Sea and defending its maritime assetsspecifically fishing grounds and oil. Scotland hopes to acquire 12 Eurofighter Typhoons from the Royal Air Force, two frigates from the Royal Navys current fleet and several offshore patrol vessels such as the current River class being built for the U.K. by BAE systems.
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The RNZN has how many warships?
I think it says they get the Scottish units back from the Royal Army. Secession from socialist GB is a first step in the right direction. I wish them luck.
I dont think these guys are thinking this through very well.
It’s almost like the desire to be independent to fulfill some “Scottish destiny” is blocking all of the serious consequences of being an actual nation.
It isnt like England forced them into this union. It was Scotland’s irresponsible fiscal practices that put them there.
And it looks like they haven’t learned a thing.
I thought the Scots were 'thrifty'!.....................
“If Scotland Votes for Independence, Its Going to Need an Army”
That’s what “independence” means. Think about it any time “gun control” enters the conversation.
All indications are that an independent Scotland will be way, way more Socialist than present day Great Britain.
With only 5 million people, and an average age that appears to be north of 45, staffing that military will not be an easy chore.
After blowing the nations’s money on trying to colonize Panama, you would have to be! :)
LOL, you don't know much about Scottish politics do you?
I suspect that they would have to go with the Swiss model. Rifle in every home, every male required to receive military training. Could be set up and executed within a couple of years. Hard to do overnight but very effective to prevent the country from being attacked.
They could make it compulsory as part of the education system. Similar to our JROTC program in High School. Learn to march, basic military ranks, general orders, basic first aid, basic military squad level tactics and basic rifle marksmanship in a 1 school year program.
BTW, this is something that I think we should be doing.
Please inform us as to the state of Scottish Politics.
What are they going to be? The Antisemitic Republic of Scotland?
Scottish MP’s lean much more left that Brittish. Actually, Brittain is going to be better off without them.
I’ll admit that Scottish politics is not my forte.
LOL, you don’t know much about Scottish politics do you?
I’d actually like to know too. My first thought was “UK is 14th in economic freedom and Ireland is 9th, maybe Scotland could be have more freddom outside Great Britain (worked for us, for a while)” But would that work? Do they have the political will to be free?
GB is socialist BECAUSE of the overwhemingly Leftist electorate in Scotland.
If they secede, they'll need all the luck you can wish them, and more.
The pictures in the news last year showed total destruction not mothballing.
I’m not up on Scottish politics.