Call to scrap ‘useless Trident’

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Britain’s decision to spend £20 billion on renewing its independent nuclear deterrent was challenged by a group of retired senior military officers, who branded the Trident system “completely useless” against the threats of the modern world.

The former head of the armed forces Field Marshal Lord Bramall, backed by two senior generals, argued in a letter to The Times that the nuclear deterrent is no longer truly independent and does not guarantee Britain a seat at the top table of international diplomacy in the United Nations Security Council.

The large sums being spent on replacing the ageing submarines which carry the Trident ballistic missiles could be better used on conventional weapons which are much needed by the armed forces, they suggested.

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