Today in the Referendum: Nuclear weapons | Clans

Nuclear submarines could be outlawed from Scottish ports under the new proposals. Picture: Contributed
Nuclear submarines could be outlawed from Scottish ports under the new proposals. Picture: Contributed
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THE Scottish government is to propose outlawing nuclear weapons after independence, and Scotland’s clan leaders are set to outline their neutrality, in this round-up of the latest from our dedicated Scottish independence website.


The Deputy First Minister has restated the SNP’s opposition to nuclear weapons in Scottish territory, with suggestions that a ban on nuclear weapons could be enshrined into Scots law.

In other news, The Telegraph report that Scotland’s clan leaders will make a statement tomorrow pledging to stay out of the referendum campaign. The paper reports that the organisation is keen not to pick a side ahead of September’s vote.

Meanwhile, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland has reported receiving online attacks from both sides in the referendum debate.


Our independence site collects the best of the comment, analysis, features and video from the debate as it happens - here’s a small sample of some of the best pieces on the site.

What do Canadians think of the Scottish independence debate? The BBC’s Glenn Campbell reports from the vast country, where one in seven people reports having Scottish ancestry.

• Peter Geoghegan takes commentators who compare the UK to the Balkans to task in a piece for Newsnet Scotland.

• A ‘No’ vote in the referendum would stifle the growing political energy and interest generated by the debate so far, according to Yes Scotland campaigner Pat Kane. Read more here.

• Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser reviews Herald columnist David Torrance’s new book on federalism for ThinkScotland. Fraser writes: “You wait ages for a good book on federalism in the UK and then, like corporation buses, two come along (almost) at once.”

• Better Together research director Gordon Aikman has revealed he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Read his touching personal story here, and donate to his JustGiving campaign here.


• The leaders of the three main pro-union parties are expected to give a joint announcement on proposals for further devolution.

• Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will appear in Edinburgh later today, in conversation with Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine.

• First Minister Alex Salmond will outline plans to give more power to Scotland’s island communities during a visit to Orkney.