New research published by Greenpeace and backed by senior politicians has warned that the cost of replacing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system will be over £95 billion – in contrast to the roughly £20 billion earmarked by the government.
The government's plans to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system have taken another blow with a poll revealing that voters would rather scrap nuclear weapons than see public spending cuts affecting health or education.
The government has attracted derision after apparently changing a key nuclear policy twice within 24 hours – leaving it back where it started. The Ministry of Defence say decision-making on Trident will not be delayed.
Public criticism and campaigning has led to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announcing a delay to plans for the renewal of the controversial Trident nuclear weapons system. Decisions will now be made after an international nuclear summit.
The Prime Minister has today said that he wants to “make the world safer” through new global agreements on nuclear weapons. His critics say this is not consistent with the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.
A newly published poll reveals that most of the British public want an end to the UK's ownership of nuclear weapons. This is thought to be the first time that such a view has attracted majority support.
New UK Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has faced a call to delay plans for the Trident nuclear weapons system until MPs have chance to debate them, with a motion asking for a discussion of the decision in Parliament.
Hundreds of peace demonstrators, including Christian groups and nonviolence activists, blockaded the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston yesterday, to protest Britain's weapons of mass destruction.