A UK nuclear vote, as Brexit looms

By John Mecklin | July 9, 2016

In a somewhat unexpected move, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron—who has already declared he will resign in September because of his country's vote to exit the European Union—announced a quick parliamentary vote on replacing the country's fleet of nuclear-missile submarines. The announcement, made at a NATO summit in Warsaw, seems designed to underscore the UK's commitment to the alliance. This Reuters piece suggests Parliament is likely to vote in favor of renewing the submarine fleet, in large part because of support from Cameron's Conservative Party. But amid the political turmoil over possible paths to a "Brexit" from the EU, there will almost certainly be opposition from some in the Labour Party and the Scottish Nationalist Party, which is on record as wanting the Scotland-based submarines decommissioned.

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