SNP urge Theresa May to delay Monday’s Trident vote

Posted On: 
17th July 2016

The SNP has urged Theresa May to delay tomorrow’s vote on Trident renewal to allow for “proper scrutiny”.

MPs will vote on Trident renewal on Monday
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The SNP’s Westminster group leader Angus Robertson branded the debate on the nuclear deterrent “one of the most important decision parliament will ever take".

He said MPs must have oversight of the full cost of renewal before they can enter the voting lobbies.

David Cameron pencilled in a vote on Monday before stepping down as Prime Minister.

It is expected the majority of Labour MPs will back renewal after Jeremy Corbyn offered his MPs a free vote, while SNP MPs will vote against.

Mr Robertson said: "Trident is an immoral, obscene and redundant weapons system - and the decision on whether to renew it is one of the most important votes this parliament will ever take.

"Over the last few weeks we have witnessed unprecedented political turmoil, as the entire Westminster system was shown to be completely unprepared for the prospect of a Brexit vote.

"Having spent the best part of a month engaged in backstabbing, score-settling and navel-gazing, neither the Tories nor Labour are in any fit state to be giving proper scrutiny to decisions as important as this."

He added: "It would be both morally and economically indefensible for the UK government to commit to spending hundreds of billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction - even more so at a time when they are cutting funding for public services.

"The enormous cost of Trident appears to be spiralling out of control - before MPs can come to an informed view, they must have access to full costs across the lifetime of the programme."

A source close to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This government was elected on a manifesto to build four ballistic missile submarines to replace the current fleet. We committed to hold a vote and we need to have this now given the time it takes to build and test the submarines.

"All MPs will have to decide whether to gamble with our national security. The SNP will be voting to weaken our security and to close Faslane, Scotland's biggest employment site."

Thousands of people took part in 36 protests against the renewal of Trident across Scotland yesterday.