Britain has confirmed it has had talks with Washington over the possibility of cooperation on a US missile defence system. Satellites and radars would be used to help intercept enemy missiles. However, opposition is already being voiced about the prospect of a missile-interceptor site on UK soil.
Labour MP Phyllis Starkey is one of those expressing doubts: “Even if it worked, I don’t think it would protect Britain against the sorts of risks we face over the next two decades. As to views within the parliamentary Labour party, obviously this issue hasn’t been discussed for some time, but I would guess that those concerns are widespread.”
Poland and the Czech Republic have already been approached about hosting parts of the US defence shield, despite objections from Moscow. On Friday Warsaw formally agreed to begin detailed negotiations with Washington. Russia says it is worried the system will upset Europe’s balance of power.
Demonstrations against the project have already taken place in the Czech Republic. Observers say the British Prime Minister can expect a similar reaction if the UK decides to take part.