Nuclear weapons were big news in the 80s.
Thirty years on we must decide: should the UK spend £100 billion to renew its nuclear weapons system, Trident, for another 50 years?
UK leaders are due to decide in 2016. From TV journalist Jon Snow to Conservative MP James Arbuthnot, many are calling for a debate ahead of this decision. We’re making it happen.Join the conversation: Talking Trident – coming soon
- Only five states are declared as nuclear weapon states: UK, US, France, Russia and China.
- UK is dependent on the US for technical support for its nuclear system.
- The cost of renewing Trident is estimated to be £100 billion over its lifetime.
- Trident is a fleet of four submarines based in Faslane, Scotland. One submarine patrols the sea at any one time.