UK vote on nuclear deterrent next week

Background: Britain’s nuclear weapons programme, NATO summit, UK’s referendum, Brexit, European Union (EU).

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron said that Parliament would vote on July 18 on the renewal of the country’s Trident nuclear weapons programme.
  • Cameron (who is to step down by September after Britain voted to leave the European Union) has previously committed to a £20 billion plan to maintain the submarine-based system.
  • The future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent is however in question as the submarines are based in Scotland, where the government is considering a second independence referendum following the Brexit vote.
  • The British government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the EU. The petition called for the government to enact a rule that there should be another referendum if the vote for Remain or Leave was less than 60 percent based on a turnout of less than 75 percent.

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