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GB/Scotland: The Trouble with Trident

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.

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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.