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Shipbuilding’s Future

"If Scotland decides to become independent from the UK the shipyards at Scotstoun and Govan will lose their only customer.

The UK MoD made it clear that they will not place orders for complex naval ships to be built outside the UK.  This means that BAE Systems would have to construct the future Type 26 Global Combat Ships at their shipyards in the UK.

There is no prospect for export orders, so the only potential customer would be the Scottish Government who have not indicated if they would order any ships to be constructed for a potential Scottish Navy.

It is hard to see any future for the Scottish shipyards if they lose their only customer and there are no credible alternative ships to be ordered."


Duncan McPhee
Unite Union Convenor
BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships, Scotstoun