Media playback is unsupported on your device

BAE job losses at Portsmouth shipyard: Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson

6 November 2013 Last updated at 12:11 GMT

The leader of Portsmouth Council said the decision to cut jobs at the Hampshire shipyard was the "wrong decision at the wrong time".

And Gerald Vernon-Jackson told the BBC that the Royal Navy "had never bought ships from outside our shores", as he asked what would happen if Scotland were to become independent.

He spoke to Andrew Neil as BAE Systems confirmed 940 staff and contractor posts will go at the Portsmouth site, which will retain repairs and maintenance work. And a further 835 jobs will be lost at yards in Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, Rosyth in Fife and Filton, near Bristol.

More from the Daily and Sunday Politics: Watch full programmes from the last seven days via BBC iPlayer; 'like' us on Facebook page or 'follow' us on Twitter

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.