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.