No campaign’s view on defence and foreign policies?

Defence has been at the heart of the debate and Professor Adam Tomkins is urging readers to investigate the issue further before casting their vote.
Defence has been at the heart of the debate and Professor Adam Tomkins is urging readers to investigate the issue further before casting their vote.
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Gazette readers submitted a series of questions for our Independence debate in May, not all of which could be answered on the night.

And there were specific questions which could only be answered by either the Yes or No camps.

In this article, Professor Adam Tomkins tackles the third question levelled at the No campaign.

Professor Adam Tomkins is a British legal scholar and John Millar Professor of Public Law at the School of Law of the University of Glasgow.

Adam was educated at the University of East Anglia and the London School of Economics. He taught at the School of Law of King’s College London between 1991 and 2000 and became a fellow at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in 2000, before being elected to the John Millar Chair of Law at Glasgow in 2003.

His research interests lie in constitutional theory and history, British, EU and comparative constitutional law, and republicanism.

Adam has published seven books in the areas of constitutional, administrative and European Union law, including Public Law (2003) and British Government and the Constitution (2007, with Colin Turpin), which are among the most widely used by law students in the UK.

Question: Would Better Together not accept that only with Independence will we here in Scotland be living in a country enshrining ethical defence and foreign policies and a humane immigration policy?

Adam said: “No, I would not accept that. I have written about British foreign policy here:

http://notesfromnorthbritain.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/two-positive-cases/ which should give readers a broader answer than can be afforded here.”

Keep checking our website today for further answers from Professor Adam Tomkins, and Robin McAlpine from the Yes campaign, throughout the day.