• In May’s first test, UK MPs vote on nuclear deterrent

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    LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will face her first parliamentary test on Monday when lawmakers vote on replacing the ageing submarines that carry Britain’s nuclear weapons. Five days after taking office in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the European Union, May will use her first speech to the House of Commons as premier to defend the nuclear deterrent as the “ultimate insurance.” MPs are almost certain to approve the construction of four new submarines to carry the existing Trident missile system and their nuclear warheads, at a cost of £41 billion (49 billion euros, $54 billion).

    AFP

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