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Sturgeon: UK Government 'playing games' over Trident

Nicola Sturgeon is urging MPs to vote against renewing Trident. Credit: PA

Nicola Sturgeon has accused the UK Government of "playing games" over Trident, ahead of MPs voting on the renewal of the nuclear deterrent.

Scotland's First Minister also said it would be "unforgivable" if the Labour Party were to split over the vote in the Commons, and urged the party's Mps to reject the nuclear weapons system.

The majority of Labour MPs are expected to vote in favour of renewing the nuclear deterrent. But leader Jeremy Corbyn and a number of other left-wing MPs in the party are opposed to the motion, while some are expected to abstain in the vote.

The SNP's 54 MPs will vote against the renewal of Trident at Faslane on the Clyde, having earlier called for the vote to be delayed.

I think the timing of the vote is political, and on an issue as important as the future of a nuclear deterrent the government should not be playing games with the vote.

I think it should have been delayed. We have just had a period of perhaps the greatest political chaos and turmoil that we've seen in recent times, and this vote is happening without the proper scrutiny that should have led up to it.

I think it would be unforgivable if we have a Labour Party that splits perhaps three ways on this, instead of taking a principled decision against the renewal of Trident and against the spending of perhaps £200 billion on weapons that we know can never be used, that are not the right way to defend us in the modern world.

I think it would be unforgivable if the principal opposition party didn't provide real opposition today.

– Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader

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