Downing Street’s integrated review of defence and foreign policy is expected next week to signal a potential increase of the number of Trident nuclear warheads for the first time since the end of the cold war. Whitehall sources indicated that a cap on total warhead numbers – currently set at 180 – is expected to increase, although the exact figure is not yet known, in a move that analysts said was diplomatically provocative. The UK’s stockpile of nuclear weapons peaked at about 500 in the late 1970s, but had been gradually decreasing ever since as the perceived threat from the Soviet Union and now Russia had been assumed to be decreasing.
Guardian 12th March 2021 read more »
Managers of the Scottish home of Britain’s nuclear weapons have been urged to “step back from the brink” as hundreds of workers get set to strike today. Members of the Unite union based at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases on the Clyde will start their rolling daily industrial action over cost cuts by the Ministry of Defence. It comes as there is a growing dispute over the Ministry of Defence’s new Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP), which could be worth up to £200m to the base.
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