The UK is one of nine countries with nuclear weapons capabilities based on its fleet of submarines carrying the ballistic missile system Trident II D5. The country currently has four such submarines, at least one of which is always on patrol.
There is a long history in Britain of opposition to nuclear arms, and the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has long been an advocate of disarmament. Debate around whether to maintain the country’s nuclear capability is rarely far from the political agenda.
This policy is a promise to retain the Trident programme and the continuous-at-sea deterrent.
In October 2016, the previous government announced that building would begin on new nuclear submarines, called Dreadnoughts, with £1.3 billion of investment over 10 years.
“The programme remains within budget and on track for the First of Class, HMS Dreadnought, to enter service in the early 2030s.”
The commitment to retaining Trident has been maintained under this government and funding continues to be provided for building the new fleet of ballistic submarines. Our verdict is that this is ‘done’. We’ll keep monitoring the progress of the Dreadnought Programme, so follow this policy to stay up to date.
Want the details?
- Reality Check: Where are the world’s nuclear weapons? – BBC News
- Trident missile factfile – BBC News
- Continuous at sea deterrent – Royal Navy
- The history of CND – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
- 60 Faces: Jeremy Corbyn – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
- The United Kingdom’s Future Nuclear Deterrent: The 2018 Update to Parliament – Gov.uk
- Dreadnought submarine programme: factsheet – Gov.uk
- The UK’s nuclear deterrent: what you need to know – Gov.uk
- UK marks 350th UK deterrent patrol – Gov.uk
- Building to start on new nuclear submarines as government announces £1.3 billion investment – Gov.uk