Britain has about 160 “operationally available” nuclear warheads, each one capable of killing more than 1 million people.
Scotland is at the heart of the UK’s atomic weapons programme, with the fleet of Vanguard-class submarines based at the Clyde naval base.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), currently heading the campaign for a yes vote in the independence referendum on 18 September, says the Trident would have no place in an independent Scotland.
But the party also wants to be a member of Nato, a military alliance committed to maintaining a nuclear deterrent.
In last night’s televised debate with the pro-union campaign leader Alistair Darling, SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond brushed aside the apparent difficulties of the party’s position.
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