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Thousands of protestors have gathered at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, calling on the government to scrap Trident and cancel its replacement.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed a £1.1 billion contract which it has conceded a future government might have to "negotiate its way out of".
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has condemned the "unbridled expenditure" on Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system.
Church leaders in Britain have been urged to “be more courageous and prophetic in challenging Trident replacement” on moral grounds.
Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader, Alex Salmond has said his party will never retreat from its policy for unilateral nuclear disarmament.
The MoD is resisting a Treasury plan to make it pay for Trident and its replacement. CND say this shows it to be far from an essential weapon system.
An all-faiths vigil is to be held outside Parliament as the House of Commons votes on the Government's plans to replace Trident.