MPs to vote on potential Trident renewal
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MPs will vote on replacing the ageing submarines carrying the Trident nuclear missiles on July 18, David Cameron has announced. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is opposed to nuclear weapons. If his backbenchers support the renewal programme in the Commons vote, it could further undermine his authority within the party. The Prime Minister, speaking at the Nato summit in Warsaw, said the Parliamentary vote would confirm support for the replacement of the full fleet of four submarines. “The nuclear deterrent remains essential, in my view, not just to Britain’s security but, as our allies have acknowledged here today, to the overall security of the Nato alliance,” he said. Cameron has only eight weeks left in office and some have suggested this vote should have been left for his successor to announce. Rejecting these calls, he said: “It is a manifesto pledge to have a fully fledged deterrent, to replace all four submarines. We need to get on with that. “We need certainty about it so the investment decisions can go ahead so I think it makes sense to hold this vote, to hold this vote now to put it beyond doubt.” The announcement came amid reports that Labour’s defence review could leave open the possibility of retaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent, despite Corbyn’s lifelong support for unilateral disarmament.
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