Evidence submitted by Profs. Keith Barnham, David Caplin, Tom Kibble and Jenny Nelson, Imperial College London

MARCH 2011

British nuclear weapons have never had credible independent military value. They were acquired and have been maintained as an expensive exercise in political and diplomatic prestige; primarily to impress and influence allies rather than deter adversaries. Whether that approach was ever worthwhile is questionable, but it is certainly no longer valid.

A decision to replace Trident in any form would not only undercut non-proliferation, but would undermine Britain’s credibility to act on key international issues, such as climate change. It would also represent a hugely wasteful financial commitment at a time when conventional defence and other budgets are under intense pressure.

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