British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants to replace London's nuclear weapons system, ensuring that British submarines will carry nuclear weapons well beyond 2050. His push for new warheads has inspired an intense discussion inside the country about the necessity of the British nuclear arsenal. Leading up to the mid-March 2007 Parliamentary vote on the issue, Rebecca Johnson, a noted expert on British nuclear weapons policy, will file weekly reports from Britain detailing this debate.
Trident renewal passes but leaves a fractured Labour Party and questions about the future of the nonproliferation regime in its wake.
A vote for Trident renewal today certainly doesn't end the debate, which promises to continue well into the future.
As protests against Trident renewal recall similar demonstrations in the 1980s, the British government pushes ahead toward a March 14 vote on the issue.
In his rush to renew Britain's nuclear weapons, the prime minister has overlooked past promises to pursue disarmament.
While civil resistance increases in Scotland, Britain's secretary for defence defends the Labour Party's stance that effective national security includes nuclear weapons.
The first in a series of weekly reports from London as Britain discusses the future of its nuclear weapons.