Relocating Britain’s nuclear missiles from Scotland in the event of the country winning independence could take “a generation,” said Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the U.K. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.
The British government closed the door to a formal agreement with Scotland for its continued use of the pound if it votes to become independent next year, citing the tumult in the 17-nation euro region during the debt crisis.
For 44 years, the U.K. has stored its nuclear weapons in western Scotland. It now could be faced with finding the Trident missiles in a foreign country should Scottish nationalists win their bid for independence.
On London’s Downing Street, home of British prime ministers and at Buckingham Palace, the flags flew at half staff today honoring the death of “a great leader,” in the words of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative successor, Prime Minister David Cameron.