Wednesday, 02 January 2019 07:23

STARK WARNING THAT TRIDENT COULD “SINK UK DEFENCE BUDGET”

The cost of renewing the UK’s nuclear weapons could “sink the defence budget”, according to a naval expert. 

The warning by Trevor Taylor, a naval specialist at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, comes amid fears that the Ministry of Defence faces a funding gap in their equipment programme of up to £15 billion over the next decade.

According to the Financial Times, fears are also being raised privately within the MoD and the Royal Navy that the renewal of Trident is unaffordable. 

Richard Scott, naval consultant editor at Jane’s, a defence magazine said that senior defence officials were privately questioning the programme. Mr Scott said “Some people are asking, ‘can we really justify this’?”

Commenting, SNP MSP Bill Kidd said:

“The cost of Trident renewal is enormous and unjustifiable - particularly when the Tories have slashed public spending elsewhere. 

“It is increasingly obvious that the UK government’s single-minded obsession with nuclear weapons is going to come at a huge cost to our conventional defence. 

“The staggering revelation that even senior military officials are now questioning whether we can justify Trident renewal should give the Tories - and Labour - a reality check. 

“Independence will mean a Scotland free of nuclear weapons - rather than paying through the nose for these wasteful and immoral weapons.”

Nuclear submarines threaten to sink UK defence budget
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