MPs vote to renew Trident system

MPs have voted to renew the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident weapons system, by 472 votes to 117.

The vote came after a five-hour debate, in which Prime minister Theresa May said it would be an ‘act of gross irresponsibility’ for the UK to abandon the continuous-at-sea weapons system.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon welcomed the decision: “We have voted to protect our nation from the most serious threats we may face in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s.

“The British Parliament has sent a powerful message to our allies that Britain is stepping up its international commitments, not stepping back from them.

“We will now get on with building the next generation of nuclear submarines to help keep the nation, and our allies, safe for decades to come.”

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