Trident replacement to get go-ahead
- Published on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:47
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The defence secretary is to give the go-ahead for initial work to begin on the replacement of Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent (May 18th)
In a statement later, Liam Fox will approve the first stage of research and design for replacing existing submarines.
The issue has been the subject of tension within the coalition.The Lib Dems, which support a cheaper alternative, want the final decision delayed until after the next election.
But most Tory MPs want the government to proceed immediately, urging a clear signal of the UK's determination to maintain an independent nuclear deterrent.