Lord Fraser of Carmyllie said if Scotland was left undefended, the enemies of England could use it as a base from which to launch air raids over the border, The Herald reported.
"If that were to happen what alternative would England have but to come and bomb the hell out of Glasgow airport and Edinburgh airport," he said.
The Tory peer was speaking in Edinburgh on Monday at the launch of a pamphlet examining the prospects of the UK splitting up.
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Although this is a very amusing article, it seems to be a given among many people that Scotland would not be able to defend itself. Why do people think this?
Scotland WILL inherit at least an 8.6% share of UK defence assets upon seperation.
8.6% of all UK defence could be interpreted as these main assets.(not including most of the auxiliary and training equipment and most of these figures end up with Scotland gaining e.g. 55% of a ship and I have not counted it as such.
- 14 Eurofighters
- 11 Tornado Jets
- 1 Reconnaissance aircraft
- 20 Transport and SAR Helicopters
- 6 Apache Attack Helicopters
- 3 Lynx Attack Helicopters
- 36 Challenger II Tanks
- 28 Scimitar Light Tanks
- 67 Warrior Fighting Vehicles
- 77 Bulldog Armoured Vehicles
- 1,314 additional armoured and non armoured vehicles.
- 25 Modern Air Defence Missile Launchers
Of the 79 active ships in the Royal Navy, an 8.6% share would be 6.7 ships. The composition of these would of course be subject to negotiation.