SNP may pave the way for Labour government if Trident axed

The SNP could pave the way for a Labour government at Westminster if a deal is struck to scrap the UK's Clyde-based Trident nuclear deterrent.

A member of the armed services on the deck of Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant, one of the UK's four nuclear warhead-carrying submarines at HM Naval Base Clyde. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

SNP defence spokesman Stewart MacDonald has said an “arrangement” could be reached with Labour if leader Jeremy Corbyn can overturn current official party policy and axe Trident.

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Mr MacDonald said in a magazine interview the prospect of a snap election, which Labour is seeking in the event of a no-deal Brexit, would hand Britain’s anti-­nuclear movement a “historic” opportunity.

He said: “On the issue of nuclear weapons of course there has to be a serious discussion that says, ‘You want to get rid of them, we want to get rid of them, let’s work out a way we can make that happen’.

“I hope that if Jeremy’s in the position to form a government, perhaps with an arrangement with the SNP, then that [scrapping Trident] should be one of the key planks of any discussion that we have. Because Corbyn agrees with us on this; he has a long and honourable history of agreeing with us on this.”