THE Rock could become the new home for Britain’s nuclear submarines if the Scottish National Party (SNP) gets its way.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon wants to rid Scotland of Trident but both the Conservatives and Labour have said they want to retain the base on the Clyde.
Moving the nuclear deterrent to Gibraltar would cost £3 billion and take a decade to complete.
A senior military source revealed that the Ministry of Defence was lining Gibraltar up as an alternative base to the Clyde.
“A party was sent to Gibraltar in January to determine whether the option could work. One can only assume it’s part of broader contingency planning,” the source told UK paper the Sunday Express.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo confirmed that they had the facilities available, having been visited by submarines from the UK and the USA in the past.