Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has attacked government “chaos and confusion” over renewing the Trident missile system. No 10 has insisted the timetable for renewing Trident is unchanged. But earlier, officials implied that key decisions would be put off until May 2010 ahead of a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Mr Clegg said the prime minister should make a “climbdown” and admit the missile system was not justified given equipment shortages in Afghanistan. In a statement, Downing Street said there had been “no change” in the government position that Trident would be renewed.
Here’s Nick’s full statement:
The chaos and confusion surrounding Gordon Brown’s machinations on Trident is staggering. Ministers had always insisted the first contracts for replacing the submarines had to be signed this autumn. That’s why Brown and Blair rammed the decision to renew Trident through Parliament without a proper debate in the first place.
“Gordon Brown should now complete his climbdown and admit that a like-for-like Trident replacement is unnecessary and unjustifiable when our troops in Afghanistan are still short of kit.”