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Anti-nuclear stance draws top scientist to Yes camp

Sir Michael Atiyah has added his support to the Yes campaign due to the anti-nuclear plan. Picture: Getty

Sir Michael Atiyah has added his support to the Yes campaign due to the anti-nuclear plan. Picture: Getty

  • by JANE BRADLEY
 

Distinguished mathematician, Sir Michael Atiyah, has added his support to the Yes campaign, claiming that he backs independence mainly due to a separate Scotland’s anti-nuclear weapon stance.

Sir Michael, one of the only scientists to have been resident of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society in London, believes the anti-nuclear policy is more important than the issues surrounding academia, which have been cited by many of his contemporaries as reasons for remaining in the union.

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“I intend to vote ‘yes’ to independence,” he said. “My principal reason for doing so is because it would finally sever us from a reliance on nuclear weapons, carried by Trident submarines and based in Faslane.

“They are the most conspicuous, useless, immoral and expensive symbols of Westminster’s hankering for imperial grandeur since Winston Churchill first pronounced his determination to defend the empire in November 1942.”

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