World Bulletin / News Desk
Scottish independence would lead to the ‘disintegration’ of the United Kingdom (UK), former General Secretary of NATO Lord George Robertson has warned in the Washington Post.
Warning of the detrimental effect Scottish independence would have on the UK and even the rest of Europe, he wrote, “The global balance would be substantially upset should one of the West’s key unions, and its second-biggest defense power, split up.”
In terms of the UK’s NATO role and it’s standing in the world, he said, “The United Kingdom has always punched above its weight diplomatically and militarily. A breakup would have a serious effect on its role in the world — all the more so because Britain’s nuclear-deterrent base is in Scotland, and those advocating separation have pledged to expel it."
He stressed that other ‘separatist movements’ in Europe, such as the Catalans and Basques, were watching and waiting for the result of the Scottish independence vote as it could strengthen their position.
Lord Robertson added that Flemish nationalists were causing the unity of Belgium to ‘hang by a thread.'
Depicting separatism as offering “more strife and dissension,” he called Scottish independence ‘dangerous’ and urged the rest of the world to pay attention.
Lord George Robertson served as NATO secretary general from 1999 to 2003, and as the UK's Defense Secretary between 1997 and 1999.
The Scottish Nationalist Party has yet to respond to Lord Robertson’s claim.
In a referendum scheduled for September 18, four million Scottish voters will be asked “should Scotland be an independent country?”Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2014, 14:24