The Government has failed to answer major questions about the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent and there has been a “disturbing silence” about the UK’s commitment to multilateral disarmament, Emily Thornberry has said. The shadow defence secretary, who is leading a review of Labour’s policy on the issue, questioned the cost and effectiveness of the planned replacement for the submarines carrying the Trident missiles and said people on “the other side” of the debate had to make the case for renewal. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backs unilateral disarmament and Ms Thornberry has said she is sceptical about Trident, but many of the party’s MPs and the trade unions support the renewal programme.
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ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners will descend on Burghfield’s Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) from next week. Representatives from pressure group Trident Ploughshares and its allies plan to arrive on site for a peaceful protest from Monday, June 6. Members say they want the Government to scrap its plans to replace the nation’s nuclear defences – known as Trident – which it is claimed will cost £205bn over the next 25 years. About 200 protesters will camp out at the Burghfield AWE site over the next month, some arriving from as far afield as Sweden.
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