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Salmond: Independent Scotland would take responsibility for its nuclear waste at Sellafield

An independent Scotland would take responsibility for its nuclear material currently at Sellafield, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

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He made the comment after a St George’s Day speech in Carlisle last night.

Mr Salmond also said the Scottish Government wanted to invest in “a conurbation of connectivity” between the city and southern Scotland by building a business case for investment in the West Coast Main Line.

Mr Salmond was speaking in The Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral to an invited audience of business people, to argue the benefits of an independent Scotland on the north of England.

After his speech he was asked about what would happen to Scotland’s nuclear material.

This is generated at the nation's two nuclear power stations – Torness in East Lothian and Hunterston B in North Ayrshire – and transported to Sellafield for storage and reprocessing.

Mr Salmond said: “I believe in above ground storage and we will accept responsibility for our nuclear material.”

The waste would be stored above ground, where it could be monitored.

He added, however, that he wanted to avoid transportation of nuclear material where possible.

The First Minister said the Scottish Government was set to make a business case for investment in the West Coast Main Line at Carstairs, South Lanarkshire, which he claimed would improve journey times between north west England and Scotland.

“We can develop a conurbation of connectivity between Carlisle and the south west of Scotland,” he said.

“That way, a prosperous Carlisle and Cumbria will benefit south west Scotland, just as a prosperous Scotland will benefit the north of England.”

He pledged a commitment to an investigation into high speed rail from Scotland to the north of England and also invited representatives from the north to the first meeting of Scotland’s National Economic Forum after the independence referendum, due to take place in September.

Mr Salmond argued that an independent Scotland would help rebalance the economy for the rest of the British Isles, saying it was currently too dependent on London.

“Scotland could be a growth star to the north,” he said.

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Why did Mr Salmond need to come to Carlisle to beat his drum, we have been told many times that the Independence vote is not ours to comment on and if we do, we are bullying or being negative. He had no right to be snide about Rory Stewart, no, I am not a true blue Tory but I hope I know a good MP when I see one. Mr Salmond would do well to set his own house in order before coming South and telling our MP what to do

Posted by Charlie M on 26 April 2014 at 13:40

Whenever I hear the SNP going on about how wonderful life will be in an independent Scotland several phrases come to mind: "Pigs might fly" and "Pie in the sky".
The idea may well be very appealing on the surface but the reality is that it will not be "business as usual" if it is a Yes vote

Posted by AMW on 24 April 2014 at 17:18

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