MLA slams Trident renewal

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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has condemned the decision to renew Britain’s nuclear weapons programme Trident, which he described as a “costly vanity project.”

“Sadly, we live in a world where nuclear weapons exist. Therefore, it would be foolish to call for the unilateral disarmament of the UK,” he commented.

“But to renew Trident fully would be a costly vanity project at a time when both the economy has been hit by the EU referendum and when we are seeing the nature of the threats we face globally changing. The Cold War is no longer being fought and we should not renew in full a relic of those times, while the country’s forces, as well as Foreign and Commonwealth Office functions, are done on the cheap.”