Unfulfilled Ambitions of Scottish Defence Policy


In the September Scottish referendum of its separation from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the majority of Scottish voters decided against these efforts. But in case of success, Scottish nationalists originally projected considerable military forces. A five-million nation should have had defence budget of 2.5 billion pounds a year, which is in fact roughly a double of the Czech defence budget! During subsequent ten years after independence, the new Scottish Government planned armed forces of 15,000 regular and another five thousand reserve personnel. The article focuses on this rather unknown dimension of Scottish independence debate.

Ondřej Svoboda, born in 1988. He is graduate of the Faculty of Law, Charles University, and Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He passed out research fellowship at University of Kent in the Great Britain, major International Relations. From 2012 to 2014 he worked at Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, recently he works in department of international law of Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic. Professionaly he focuses on British realia, International Relations and International Law.

Country: Czech Republic


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