UK's Nuclear Deterrent

Part of Terrorist Attack: Nice – in the House of Commons at 6:58 pm on 18th July 2016.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee 6:58 pm, 18th July 2016

To support what my hon. Friend has just said, if there had not been many conflicts going on in other parts of the world where the nuclear balance of terror did not apply during the cold war, it would be possible to argue that nuclear deterrence had played no part, but the fact is that communist regimes—proxy clients, as it were, for the superpowers—were fighting each other all over the globe. The one area where communism and capitalism did not fight each other was in Europe, because that is where the balance of power and the balance of terror was doing its work.