: Reuters: British lawmakers back renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent

10:22 Jul. 19, 2016

Reuters: British lawmakers back renewal of Trident nuclear deterrent

The Royal Navy's submarine HMS Astute is recalled to Faslane Naval Base after malfunctions (Getty Images)

UK needed to retain a nuclear deterrent which had been an insurance policy for nearly 50 years, PM says

Lawmakers voted strongly on Monday to renew Britain's ageing nuclear weapons system, a multi billion-pound project regarded as key to maintaining the country's status as a world power following its vote to leave the European Union.

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Despite opposition from the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) and some in the opposition Labour Party, parliament approved the renewal of the Scottish-based nuclear-armed Trident submarines by 472 to 117 votes.

Some opponents said the vote was being used by new Prime Minister Theresa May to unify her party, which has a parliamentary majority of 16, after a bruising Brexit campaign, and embarrass Labour by highlighting its own deep divisions.

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In her first statement in parliament as prime minister, May urged lawmakers to back Trident, not only to protect Britain from growing threats from Russia and North Korea, but also to protect thousands of jobs in Scotland and elsewhere. Full story 

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