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MPs To Demand Trident Replacement Vote In Parliament

Former Cabinet Minister Michael Meacher will launch an Early Day Motion calling for a vote in Parliament on Trident Replacement at a Parliamentary pub lic meeting later today. Speakers at the meeting, organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, will also demand that a full public and parliamentary debate takes place on the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system, and will argue that the option of not replacing Trident must be on the table. Early Day Motion 1197 - That this House believes there should be the fullest possible public debate on a decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system; notes that a successor to Trident could cost as much as £25 billion therefore affecting significantly other public spending options; calls upon the Government to produce a Green Paper on Trident replacement that considers all possible options, including non-replacement; and further calls upon the Government not to conclude any agreements, or to engage in preparations to build a new generation of nuclear weapons, until after this debate and a deciding vote is held in Parliament. “It is highly questionable whether a non-independent British nuclear weapon still serves any useful purpose. Replacing Trident would come at an estimated cost of £15 to £25 billion; surely this money could be better spent elsewhere. We must have a proper debate and vote on Trident Replacement and the option not to replace Trident must be on the table.” Trident will reach the end of its lifespan in 2025. A decision will be made in this parliament on its replacement. It is estimated that the total cost of replacing ‘Trident’ missiles, warheads, submarines and related facilities could be as much as £25 billion. Encourage your MP to sign this motion by emailing them using the link below: