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September 13, 2014

Salmond demands £10bn tartan army: Ships, jets, helicopters, troops…they’re all in SNP’s sights if Scotland votes Yes

by
Robin Simcox

Originally Published in the Mail Online

‘Alex Salmond is demanding a £10 billion carve-up of Britain’s Armed Forces – including aircraft, ships and the transfer of up to 9,200 regular and Special Forces troops – if Scotland votes for independence.

The Scottish National Party leader insists his country’s share of the UK’s military assets should be handed over free of charge so his government can form its own navy, air force and army.

But last night, experts said his asset-stripping of Britain’s Armed Forces would severely damage the UK’s military capability…

Robin Simcox, an expert on the threat posed by Islamist extremists, said that there were ‘real concerns’ over how Scotland would be able to monitor returning jihadis. He said: ‘They will lose a lot of capability and as result the rest of the UK would be more vulnerable.’…’

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Robin Simcox

About Robin Simcox

Robin Simcox is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, where he specialises in al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired terrorism. He is the co-author of both editions of 'Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections' and several other reports broadly focussed on national security, terrorism and al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliated movements across the world. Simcox has written for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Guardian, Weekly Standard, Spectator, Huffington Post and Daily Telegraph and regularly appears across a broad variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Fox News, Sky News, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera. He has spoken on a variety of platforms, including the British Parliament, US Special Operations Command and the European Parliament.

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