Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it is important to maintain a “minimum credible” nuclear deterrent in response to the Government’s Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy.
Herald 16th March 2021 read more »
Britain is lifting the cap on the number of Trident nuclear warheads it can stockpile from 180 to 260, Boris Johnson is expected to announce today, ending 30 years of gradual disarmament. A leaked copy of the defence and foreign policy review paves the way for a £10bn rearmament. Britain has far fewer warheads stockpiled than Russia, estimated to have 4,300, the US on 3,800 or China, which has about 320.
Guardian 16th March 2021 read more »
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Billions will be wasted, nuclear waste will be created, a dangerous precedent of reversing disarmament will have been set, and the world will be more in safe, all for no gain. If the UK was wise now (and but isn’t) it would be pursuing a very different foreign policy, based on that of Norway. That country does punch above its weight. It has a strong foreign policy based on aid. It uses that to build strong diplomatic links around the world. And in the process it works, quietly, on conflict resolution. That’s the way foreign policy should be done. We are just aggressively waving colonial flags. And that’s a disaster as well as being nuclear insanity.
Tax Research UK 16th March 2021 read more »