The Trident Commission, spearheaded by BASIC, launched its concluding report on July 1st, and it is expected to add significant value to the debate on whether or not to keep Britain’s nuclear deterrent. An article by Richard Norton-Taylor in The Guardian highlights a less noticed finding in the report which states that the UK’s nuclear deterrent is fundamentally dependent on US acquiescence. Norton-Taylor argues that without US help as enshrined in the Mutual Defence Agreement, the UK’s nuclear deterrent would last months at best. Norton-Taylor also calls on MPs to be confronted by the fact that the UK is so reliant on the US, and seeks answers to what can be done to secure the Trident programmes independence.
Find the full article by Richard Norton-Taylor in The Guardian here.