Portsmouth would be ‘well placed’ to build frigates if Scotland goes for independence

SPEAKING OUT Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael MP

SPEAKING OUT Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael MP

Proud members of the ship's company watch as the giant warship inches her way to sea for the first time. From left, Able Seaman (AB) Natasha Elford, AB Layton Toward and AB Richard Mead

HMS Queen Elizabeth begins the long voyage to Portsmouth

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If Scotland voted for independence, Portsmouth could see its shipbuilding facilities returned, says Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.

It comes amid the huge political and industrial row which has erupted today over news shipbuilding is to stop in the city.

He said: ‘This is a matter of law, not politics.

‘The UK can let its contracts of naval ship construction within the UK only because of obvious strategic interests.

‘If at any point Scotland were to remove herself from the rest of the UK then when the rest of the UK came to let its contracts it would be let within the rest of the UK.

‘That’s law, not politics.

‘If Scotland were to vote yes, then the rest of the UK would be looking for shipyards within their jurisdiction and yes, you would think Portsmouth would be well placed in that circumstance.’

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