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UK News Ex-Labour MPs claim Jeremy Corbyn would leave the UK 'at the mercy of nuclear blackmail from Vladimir Putin' after the Labour leader signals he would be willing to scrap Trident if he becomes PM on December 12

13:05  18 november  2019
13:05  18 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Corbyn under pressure over Trident nuclear deterrent

  Corbyn under pressure over Trident nuclear deterrent Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry repeatedly refused to say whether the Labour leader would order a nuclear strike.The Labour leader, a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, has in the past said he would not authorise a nuclear strike – even though the party is committed to retaining Trident.

Ex - Labour MPs claim Jeremy Corbyn would leave the UK ‘ at the mercy of nuclear blackmail from Vladimir Putin ’ after the Labour leader signals MPs voted in July 2016 to renew Trident as they gave the green light to building four new replacement submarines to carry the UK 's nuclear missiles.

Pressed on whether he would be willing to ditch Trident , Mr Corbyn told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “Well they would be part - obviously - if you enter into a non-proliferation treaty discussions then clearly every country's nuclear weapons go into that equation.” Today’s comments heightened fears

Furious former Labour MPs have lashed out at Jeremy Corbyn after he signalled he would be willing to scrap the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent if he becomes prime minister.

Mr Corbyn is a vocal and long-time opponent of nuclear weapons and yesterday he said the UK's missiles 'would be part' of any future 'nonproliferation treaty discussions'.

Mr Corbyn's comments were pounced on by his critics as they suggested they showed the Labour leader could not be trusted with maintaining the UK's national security.

They said getting rid of the missiles would 'leave the UK and its Nato allies at the mercy of nuclear blackmail' from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Jeremy Corbyn under pressure over Trident nuclear deterrent

  Jeremy Corbyn under pressure over Trident nuclear deterrent Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to say whether he would be prepared to use Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent, if he becomes prime minister following the election on December 12. The Labour leader, a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, has in the past said he would not authorise a nuclear strike – even though the party is committed to retaining Trident. However, in a round of broadcast interviews, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry repeatedly refused to say whether there were any circumstances in which he could order its use.“The use of a nuclear weapon is a decision on a level that no politician anywhere has to make.

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Jeremy Corbyn sitting at a table: Jeremy Corbyn, pictured on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday, suggested he would be willing to give up the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent if he becomes PM © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jeremy Corbyn, pictured on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday, suggested he would be willing to give up the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent if he becomes PM a large ship in a body of water: MPs voted to renew Trident in July 2016. Pictured in HMS Victorious off the west coast of Scotland in 2013. It is one of four UK submarines tasked with carrying Britain's nuclear missiles © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited MPs voted to renew Trident in July 2016. Pictured in HMS Victorious off the west coast of Scotland in 2013. It is one of four UK submarines tasked with carrying Britain's nuclear missiles

MPs voted in July 2016 to renew Trident as they gave the green light to building four new replacement submarines to carry the UK's nuclear missiles.

Labour MPs were given a free vote on the issue and the majority backed renewal but Mr Corbyn voted against maintaining Britain's continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent.

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Yesterday he was grilled about what his approach would be to the UK's nuclear weapons amid an ongoing row over whether he would ever agree to authorise a missile strike against an enemy nation.

He told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One: 'My view is that we have nuclear weapons, that there is a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

'There have been many expressions about the world with the aspiration of a nuclear free world by President Obama, by former President Gorbachev and by many others.

'But also I think we have to look at what are the real threats to security around the world, and what are they? Terrorism, cyber security, climate change, environmental disaster and massive imbalances which are important.'

The SNP has hinted that scrapping Trident could be a red line during any post-election talks with Labour about the prospect of propping up an administration led by Mr Corbyn.

Emily Thornberry Says Corbyn Would Make A ‘Collective’ Decision On Firing Nuclear Weapons

  Emily Thornberry Says Corbyn Would Make A ‘Collective’ Decision On Firing Nuclear Weapons A Jeremy Corbyn-led government would make collective decisions about when to use nuclear weapons, Emily Thornberry has said. The shadow foreign secretary said Labour would be deliberately “ambiguous” about the circumstances in which it would ever deploy the UK’s Trident weapons system in response to threats from other states. In what appeared to be a major shift in the party’s stance on the issue, she suggested that Corbyn - who has vowed not to use nuclear weapons - would share the decision with senior cabinet colleagues in the event of an imminent threat.

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Asked whether he would be willing to acquiesce to such a demand, Mr Corbyn said: 'I think the SNP were actually agreeing with me. And indeed in the past they certainly have. That the priority has to be giving realism to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, giving realism to the six-party talks in Korea, giving realism to the whole question of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, in the Middle East or anywhere else.'

Asked if the UK's Trident-carrying nuclear submarines would stay under his watch, Mr Corbyn said: 'Well, they would be part, obviously if you went into nonproliferation treaty discussions, then clearly every country’s nuclear weapons go into that equation.

'And I do think we have to recognise that, as I said, the real problems in the world are not what was happening during the Cold War, but actually the levels of insecurity brought about by climate disaster and many other things.'

John Woodcock, a former Labour MP who is standing down at the general election, told The Sun that Mr Corbyn represented a 'danger to Britain'.

He said: 'Labour's lifelong CND-supporting leader gives the game away on Trident every time he opens his mouth.

'It is absurd to suggest that a Jeremy Corbyn-led government would continue investing in the nuclear deterrent.'

He added: 'He would leave the UK and its Nato allies at the mercy of nuclear blackmail from Putin.'

Mr Corbyn also yesterday failed to give his full backing to Nato, prompting former Labour MP Mike Gapes to tweet: 'Once again Corbyn fails to support Nato. He is not fit to be Prime Minister.'

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