UK MPs vote to renew Trident weapons system
MPs have backed the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system, voting 472 to 117 in favour in Parliament.
The vote approves the manufacture of four replacement submarines at a current estimated cost of £31bn.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs nuclear threats were growing around the world and Trident “puts doubts in the minds of our adversaries”.
Labour was split over the issue with 140 of its 230 MPs defying leader Jeremy Corbyn and backing the motion.
A total of 47 Labour MPs voted against renewal, while others abstained.
One Conservative MP, Crispin Blunt, voted against renewal while 322 supported the motion.
The Trident fleet is based at HMNB Clyde, in Faslane, but all Scottish MPs taking part in the vote except for Scottish Secretary David Mundell, were against renewal.
The SNP opposed the move, saying nuclear weapons were “immoral” and the continued stationing of submarines on the Clyde could accelerate moves towards independence.
After the vote, the SNP said the government “must respect Scotland’s clear decision against Trident renewal and remove these nuclear weapons of mass destruction from the Clyde”.
Defence minister Harriett Baldwin said: “People put politics aside and marched through the lobbies in support of our nation’s security. This was a very important vote as defence is the first job of government”.
Labour’s John Woodcock voted in favour of the submarines which are built in his constituency, Barrow in Cumbria, and said: “This shows that the House of Commons but also the Labour party can take long term decisions in the future of the nation but also protect thousands of jobs across the country.”
The vote, by a majority of 355, came at the end of a five-hour debate, in which Theresa May spoke at the despatch box for the first time as prime minister.
She said it would be an “act of gross irresponsibility” for the UK to abandon the continuous-at-sea weapons system.
Although preparatory work on renewal is already under way, Monday’s vote gives the final green light to a new fleet of submarines which are due to come into service by the early 2030s.
“The vote approves the manufacture of four replacement submarines at a current estimated cost of £31bn.”
so which multinational defence company gets the windfall?
“The Trident fleet is based at HMNB Clyde, in Faslane, but all Scottish MPs taking part in the vote except for Scottish Secretary David Mundell, were against renewal.”
i think its only a matter of time until scotland leaves the uk now..