All the media briefing before the unveiling last week of the Integrated Defence, Security and Foreign policy review indicated that the Government planned to announce a ceiling on nuclear warheads deployable from 180 to 260, a 44 % increase. But when the document was published, it said something significantly different. Under the sub-headline “The UK’s minimum, assured, credible nuclear deterrent” the Integrated Review stated: “In 2010, the government stated an intent to reduce our overall nuclear warhead stockpile ceiling from not more than 225 to not more than 180 by the mid-2020s. “However, in recognition of the evolving security environment, including the developing range of technological and doctrinal threats, this is no longer possible, and the UK will move to an overall nuclear weapon stockpile of no more than 260 warheads”.
David Lowry’s Blog 25th March 2021 read more »
The last thing we need on the Clyde is more nuclear weapons.
The National 28th March 2021 read more »