Most of the analysis of the predicted move by the SNP to soften it’s opposition to NATO membership has focused on this as a tactical manoeuvre to reassure potential independence voters. There has also been some coverage of the internal SNP dynamics and indeed some attempts to stimulate divisions. There has been little focus on Scotland’s defence interests and how these will inter-play with the building of other international relationships.
By contrast, much of the focus on Scotland’s EU membership has focused on the process of whether Scotland, as a successor state, will inherit membership, or will have to reapply. Although this issue has been less present in the media coverage of the issue of Scotland’s NATO membership, process is perhaps even more important than with the EU. [Read more…]