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SNP and Plaid unite over Trident

Trident carrier at Faslane
Trident is currently based at Faslane on the Clyde

The SNP has joined forces with Plaid Cymru on the UK election campaign trail to set out their opposition to Trident nuclear weapons.

The Nationalists have called for the replacement system to be scrapped, saving billions of pounds.

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson and Plaid's Adam Price said they offered an alternative to the pro-Trident stances of the UK parties.

Both parties have agreed on a series of issues to push in the next parliament.

Speaking at a media event in London, Mr Robertson said: "Unlike Labour, Tory and the Lib Dems, we want to ditch the obscenely expensive and morally inexcusable nuclear weapons system which currently lurks in the Clyde completely.

"Renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system will cost £100bn over the next 20 years - it cannot be right that we proceed with its procurement whilst simultaneously cutting funding for schools, hospitals and frontline services and putting the recovery of our nations at risk."

Mr Price added: "The Cold War is long past and the world has changed but the mindset of the London parties is stuck on weapons of mass destruction."



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