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Independence will enable Scotland to:

  • set its own defence and security budget and maintain strong conventional defence forces to protect its people, territory, seas, airspace and national interests

  • decide, with appropriate democratic oversight and respect for international law, the circumstances in which its forces are deployed overseas

  • work closely with its partners – including the rest of the UK – to address global issues and contribute to international peace-keeping

  • build a security and intelligence agency that is fit for purpose in the 21st century and is proportionate to, and reflects a full strategic assessment of, Scotland’s needs

  • legislate for, control, and oversee national security arrangements in Scotland, ensuring the constitutional rights of the Scottish people

The Scottish Government is committed to working closely with our neighbours – especially our partners across the British Isles, our trading partners, through bilateral relations with other nations and in key international institutions such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.