Anti-nuclear protesters plan a “die-in” outside Westminster Abbey this week as a service marking the 50th anniversary of Britain’s submarine-based missile system is held. Prince William, Government ministers, military top brass and Royal Navy veterans will pack the London landmark for a ceremony heralding a half century since Operation Relentless was launched. But some 180 Church leaders have signed a demand calling on the Dean of Westminster Abbey to “urgently reconsider” the tribute. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson said: “Surely Westminster Abbey must now realise it has made a very serious error of judgement.
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A new report has warned that the UK’s nuclear weapons programme could cost £172bn between now and 2070, and suggests the government should review the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons. The report, published today by the Nuclear Information Service (NIS), states that the UK must make a choice in the near future: increase the overall defence budget, reduce spending on conventional weapons in order to fund nuclear weapons, or reducing spending on/scrapping the nuclear weapons programme. NIS also argues that the UK should work to “achieving a nuclear free world”, and must “re-examine” the case for nuclear disarmament.
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