A new poll shows that pro-independence Scots are gaining ground against unionists, which has implications for the future of the U.K. nuclear arsenal.
Polling company TNS said on Friday that in a survey of 995 voting-age Scots, support for seceding from the United Kingdom had risen by two points in the last month and was now 32 percent, Reuters reported. The side supporting remaining part of the United Kingdom saw its standing dip by one point, falling to 41 percent.
However, the pollster concluded it would be a "major task" for the pro-independence side to eclipse the unionists by the time a vote on the issue takes place on Sept. 18.
The locally governing Scottish National Party has promised to make the removal of all British nuclear weapons from Scottish territory one of its first orders of business in a potential independent Scotland. Notably, though, a previous poll showed greater support among Scottish voters for allowing the nuclear arsenal to remain in Scotland than expelling it.
The U.K. nuclear deterrent is based at the Faslane naval base and the Coulport armaments depot. Maintaining the fleet of four ballistic missile submarines and their Trident missiles and nuclear warheads is a major source of high-paying jobs in Scotland.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.