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UK MPs vote to renew nuclear weapons

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>> British MPs have voted overwhelmingly to renew the country's nuclear deterrent.>> The ayes to the right, 472. The no's to the left, 117.>> Yeah.>> The vote approves plans to replace the fleet of four Trident missile submarines. New Prime Minister Theresa May sounding robust when challenged on the morality of the weapons.
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>> Is she presently prepared to authorize a nuclear strike that could kill a hundred thousand innocent men, women, and children?>>
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]>> Yes, and I have to say to the honorable gentlemen the whole point of a deterrent is that our enemies need to know that we would be prepared to use it.
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>> Replacing Trident will cost around 40 billion pounds. It's strongly opposed by the Scottish Nationalist party which wants the weapons removed from their base near Glasgow. For the opposition Labor Party, the whole subject is a headache. While it's officially in favor of replacing Trident, leader Jeremy Corbyn favor disarmament.
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>> I make it clear today that I would not take a decision that kills many of innocent people. I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate way to go about dealing with international relations. Conservatives enjoying the spectacle of Labor division. The vast majority of ruling party lawmakers back renewal.
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They support the Prime Minister's claim that it is the ultimate form of insurance, and a ticket to the top table in world politics. For Theresa May, that made the vote a welcome opportunity to reunite Tory ranks after the bruising battle over Brexit.