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SNP activists challenge leadership over NATO membership

Is the SNP about to drop one of its central policies? The Scottish Nationalists have long insisted that an independent Scotland would be a neutral, non-nuclear state, outside of the NATO Alliance.

But now the party leadership, in the shape of its Westminster Leader Angus Robertson, is putting down a motion for its Annual Conference in October, which would keep an independent Scotland within the Atlantic alliance, although still nuclear-free.

Not all party members agree, and the newly formed SNP CND is mobilising support to re-affirm the current policy of leaving NATO.

Mark D'Arcy asked its organiser is Bill Ramsay whether he thought they would win.

  • 26 Aug 2012