The United Kingdom's nuclear arsenal, based in Scotland, has become a key election issue. The government wants to replace Trident, the sea-based nuclear weapons system, but the majority opinion in Scotland is that the whole program should be scrapped.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is particularly vociferous in its opposition to Trident. The UK's nuclear warheads are stored and loaded onto Trident submarines at the high-security Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport and Faslane-on-Clyde near Glasgow. With the prospect of a Labour government that might reach a deal with the SNP to get rid of Trident, public debate about Britain's nuclear capabilities is raging.