Protesters in London voiced their opposition to the renewal of Britain’s ageing nuclear weapons system, Trident, at a cost about forty billion euros.
The support of the opposition Labour party is now in doubt because leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes nuclear weapons.
Scotish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon was also at the demonstration.
Faslane naval base in Scotland is home to Trident’s fleet of submarines. They carry ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
“I don’t want to see Faslane close,” said Sturgen. “I have long argued Faslane should be a conventional naval base, and of course, there needs to be investment and diversification in making sure that we create alternative jobs for people who currently work in Trident nuclear weapons. But you know we need to make sure that we invest scarce resources in things that create good jobs and improve our public services.”
A debate in the British Parliament and subsequent vote on Trident’s renewal is set to take place before the end of the year.