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UK votes on nuclear deterrent renewal

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>> Mr. Speaker, I want to say I->> It's a fairly established case for renewing Britain's nuclear deterrent, but it's the first time we've heard it from Theresa May as prime minister.>> The nuclear threat has not gone away, if anything, it has increased.>> Debate is underway in Parliament to see if MPs agree, culminating in a ballot late Monday.
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This is explosive in particular for the Labor Party, as if they needed any more fireworks. I'm Reuters reporter Jacob Greaves. Where this is what's known in Westminster is a free vote for Labour. Meaning that MPs can vote on conscience rather than party lines. But their leader Jeremy Corbyn is strongly against Trident, unlike many of his lawmakers.
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>> The funds involved in Trident renewal are massive. We must, I think, also consider the complex both moral and strategic issues of our country possessing weapons of mass destruction.>> The party's current policy is to back Trident. But if Jeremy Corbyn had his way, it would take a similar approach to that of the Scottish Nationalist Party.
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They reject the UKs current nuclear arsenal based in Scotland. As it stands Britain has 4 nuclear arms submarines, one of which is always at sea to provide a constant deterrent. The ministry of defense has said a replacement will cost 31 billion pounds with a further 10 billion pounds set aside as a contingency.
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But those figures are hardly contested. Calculations by Reuters and the conservatives law maker suggest it could be as high as 167 billion pounds over 32 years.>> And I commend this motion to the House.>> And the timing of this non binding vote is also contentious. Senior labor figures argue, it's taking place now to broadside the party as it fights an internal leadership battle.