The United Kingdom’s Independent Strategic Nuclear Deterrent

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In this Whitehall Report, the authors explore what they consider to be the principal issues that should form the basis of this debate during the consultation period and the Parliamentary debate

In focusing on what they consider to be the substance of an appropriate debate, the authors’ aim is not one of advocacy either for or against retention of Britain’s nuclear deterrent, but of informing the Parliamentary debate in a way that is accessible to the British electorate, whose views should be represented on the floors of the Houses of Parliament.

In this way, a well-informed nation should directly influence development and implementation of government policy in this hugely important matter over the next decade. During this period further decisions will be required before the bulk of procurement money is actually committed, at which stage the decision will be binding.


Michael Codner

Senior Associate Fellow for Military History

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