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The Nuclear Outlook for the Next Government

RUSI
June 15, 2017
By Malcolm Chalmers, Tom Plant, Cristina Varriale and Emil Dall

Britain’s newly elected Parliament, due to be opened by the Queen next week, promises to be a busy one for nuclear issues. As the new government takes shape, the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy team at RUSI outlines some of the key decisions that it will have to make. The Labour government argued in 2006 that, since the current warhead was likely to last into the 2020s, a decision would be required in the subsequent parliament. In 2010, the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announced that a new warhead was now not needed ‘until at least the late 2030s’, and that a decision on replacement could therefore be deferred.
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