Britain ‘needs to get on with’ replacing Trident defence secretary says

Michael Fallon
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DEFENCE secretary Michael Fallon has said the UK ‘needs to get on with’ replacing the Trident submarine fleet.

The former minister for Portsmouth hoped a Parliamentary vote backing the planned renewal of the nuclear weapons platform would take place shortly, adding: ‘We have not fixed a date yet but we need to do it, certainly this year, because we need to get on and replace these four boats to ensure the nuclear deterrent can still be provided throughout the 2030s, ’40s and ’50s.’