David Cameron announces date for Trident renewal vote

The vote on whether to replace the ageing submarines will take place on July 18. Picture: PA

The vote on whether to replace the ageing submarines will take place on July 18. Picture: PA

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MPs will vote on replacing the ageing submarines carrying the Trident nuclear missiles on July 18, David Cameron has announced.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is opposed to nuclear weapons and the Commons vote could prove a further blow to his authority in the party if his backbenchers support the renewal programme.

The Prime Minister, speaking at the Nato summit in Warsaw, said the Parliamentary vote would confirm support for the replacement of the full fleet of four submarines.

“The nuclear deterrent remains essential, in my view, not just to Britain’s security but, as our allies have acknowledged here today, to the overall security of the Nato alliance,” he said.

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