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Blair faces backlash over nuclear deterrent replacement

Atomic weapons are back on the agenda in British politics with a vengeance, as the government prepares to outline its plans to replace the country’s US-built Trident missile nuclear deterrent. But Prime Minister Tony Blair has a fight on his hands to push through the measures, faced with a groundswell of opposition from within his governing Labour party and a reinvigorated Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Blair and the man tipped to succeed him before September next year, finance minister Gordon Brown, favour replacing Trident, with the government line that a nuclear deterrent is a key “insurance policy” in an uncertain world. Campaigners reject that assertion, arguing instead that Britain should take the lead on nuclear disarmament to prevent proliferation in states like North Korea and Iran. Full Story

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