SCOTLAND: Wait for defence committee's report, says Russell

August 20, 2013 12:57 PM

The impact on the UK's defence of Scottish independence should wait for the Defence Select Committee's findings, committee member Sir Bob Russell said.

He was responding to remarks from SNP Westminster Leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson, who said that a Scottish Defence Force could save an independent Scotland money - while providing a defence force to make the country proud.

Mr Robertson welcomed a report by the Institute for International and European Affairs which highlighted the 'substantial savings' such a force bring to an independent Scotland.

Sir Bob said the Defence Select Committee was currently investigating the defence consequences to England, Wales and Northern Ireland should Scotland vote for independence next autumn.

He said, " Until the investigation is completed I think it is premature for anyone to comment - one way or the other - whether it would be advantageous to the defence of Scotland if it was an independent nation.

" The defence considerations for England, Wales and Northern Ireland likewise need to be considered - and that is what the Defence Select Committee is currently undertaking."