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Key Points about Trident Replacement

1. Nuclear weapons would cost £100 billion over 50 years.

Building new nuclear submarines, missiles and warheads would cost £15-20 billion. In addition running the new system will cost £49-59 billion. So the total cost of replacing Trident is £64 - £79 billion. If the costs of running the existing system until 2024 are added, then the total cost will be around £100 billion. Details.

2. 73% of Scots oppose Trident Replacement

An opinion poll by ICM for Scottish CND at the end of January 2007 found that 73 % of Scots are opposed to spending billions on replacing Trident. Around 3,000 people attended a Scotland's for Peace rally on 24 February. The event was supported by Scottish political, religous and trade union leaders who spoke at the rally.

3. Replacing Trident sets a bad example

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the UN nuclear watchdog which is concerned with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to countries like Iran and North Korea. In February Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the IAEA told the Financial Times that replacing Trident would "set a bad example". He added, "When you see here in the U.K. the program for modernizing Trident, which basically gets the U.K. far into thetwenty-first century with a nuclear deterrent, it is difficult then for us to turn around and tell everybody else that nuclear deterrents are really no good for you." Hans Blix has also criticised Britain's plan.

4. Replacing Trident would be wrong

Scottish religious leaders have spoken out strongly against Trident. For example Cardinal Keith O'Brien has said "we should replace Trident with projects that bring life to the poor". Rt Rev Alan McDonald, Church of Scotland Moderator, has said that nuclear weapons are morrally and theologically wrong. More recently church leaders in England and Wales have adopted a similar stance.

5. Scrapping Trident will not result in the loss of 11,000 jobs

Claims that scrapping Trident will result in 11,000 job losses in Scotland are grossly exagerated. In February 2005 Geoff Hoon said that there were 936 jobs in Scotland that rely on Trident. There should be a concerted effort to look at how Trident workers can be redeployed. For example they could work on the production of wave machines and other alternative sources of energy.


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