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Trident should be axed due to ‘threat to world from nuclear weapons’ says Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford has reiterated the SNP’s commitment to removing Trident, as he suggested the UK’s nuclear deterrent should go precisely because there is a “threat to the world from nuclear weapons”.

In an interview with the PA news agency, the SNP Westminster leader was asked whether Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had changed his party’s position on the nuclear deterrent.

Mr Blackford reiterated his party’s commitment that the UK gets rid of its Scotland-based Trident nuclear deterrent, saying: “No, (the party position has not changed). Absolutely not at all, because there is a threat to the world from nuclear weapons.

“The idea that having nuclear weapons provides a deterrence that removes that threat is far-fetched, to say the least.”

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