David Cameron is planning to spring a Commons vote on new Trident submarines next month as a part of his attempts to unify the Conservative party after the bruising EU referendum battle. Britain’s nuclear deterrent is seen as a near-perfect issue to cover European cracks: it commands wide consensus among Tory MPs but divides Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, from scores of his MPs. After months of stories about the Conservative rift over Europe, a Trident vote would switch the media spotlight back on to Labour’s internal divisions. However, the timing of a vote on the four Successor submarines depends on the outcome of next week’s EU vote, and may be postponed until later in the year, people briefed on the government plans said. An Out vote would be more likely to scupper the plan, according to MPs familiar with the government’s thinking.
FT 15th June 2016 read more »