Sturgeon call for Unity to protect Clyde shipyards

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The Scottish Government has called on politicians across the Scottish Parliament to come together and stand up for Scotland’s shipyards, following an announcement from BAE systems that it could close one of its three major yards in the UK.

Referring to the strengths of Scotland’s defence industry and its engineering capability, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was vital that politicians put differences aside and ensure that the strongest possible case is made for Scotland’s yards.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“BAE Systems is a hugely important employer in Scotland, and we want to ensure that the strongest possible case for the retention of the Scottish yards is made and acted upon.

“Scotland showed during the Strategic Defence and Security Review an ability to put political differences aside and unite in the Scottish interest – and I believe that the same constructive and positive approach is needed now.

“We have to remember that Scotland’s yards are in a strong position – a point that union officials are rightly stressing – based on their excellent industrial and engineering capability.

“The Scottish Government are monitoring this situation closely, and will work with BAE, the UK government and opposition parties in Scotland with the clear aim of ensuring that any future plans protect Scotland’s shipbuilding yards and the highly-skilled jobs that depend on them.”