Scottish Independence: Ex-Nato diplomat to vote Yes

The Nato flag. Picture: Comp
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A FORMER UK ambassador to Nato has revealed she will vote Yes and insisted Scotland would be welcome in the military alliance despite plans to ditch Trident.

Dame Mariot Leslie challenged warnings from former Nato senior commander Sir Richard Shirreff, who described the SNP’s defence policy as “dangerous” and “amateurish”.

Dame Mariot, who was born in Edinburgh and retired as the UK’s permanent representative to Nato earlier this year, said: “No ally would wish to interrupt the integrated Nato defence arrangements in the North Sea and North Atlantic – least of all at a time of heightened tension with Russia.”

Meanwhile, senior figures in the No campaign were today quoted admitting they could lose the referendum after opinion polls yesterday showed the gap narrowing. One unnamed insider said: “I really never thought we would lose, now I’m thinking it’s possible.”

The poll finds sent jitters through the financial markets as the City reacted for the first time to what one banker called “the unfathomable levels of uncertainty” associated with a Yes vote.

And sources said Lloyds Banking Group was considering moving its registered office to London, with its Bank of Scotland operation based in Edinburgh as a foreign division. The bank said in a statement that the time between a Yes vote and independence would be enough to take any necessary action.