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Trident renewal summit to be held
Nuclear submarine
The UK government won support to renew nuclear submarines
A summit on the future of the Trident nuclear programme in Scotland will be held in October, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

The event will bring together a range of people opposed to replacing the weapons system, which is based at the Clyde Naval Base near Helensburgh.

Plans for the summit were announced in June, as the Scottish Parliament voted against renewing Trident.

The issue of renewing Britain's nuclear deterrent is reserved to Westminster.

However, Mr Salmond has suggested a charge to transport warheads through Scotland.

Green calls

He argued at the start of the year that a levy, by means of legislation, could discourage the UK Government from basing future replacement of the nuclear weapon system in Scotland.

In March, the UK government won Commons support for plans to renew the country's nuclear submarine system, despite a large rebellion by Labour MPs.

Details of the summit timescale emerged in an exchange of letters between the first minister and Green MSP Robin Harper, who asked for an inquiry into the safety and environmental issues raised by the transport of nuclear weapons on Scotland's roads.

Mr Salmond responded by stating he wished to go further.

"I want to get to a position where we can persuade the UK Government to change its stance both on the replacement programme and on the general principle of maintaining a nuclear deterrent," he stated.

"I think we will get the best ideas and proposals from an alliance of people across Scottish society who oppose the Trident replacement programme."


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