Armed Forces: Deployment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has discussed the UK’s first strike policy with the Prime Minister since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for the UK’s first strike capability of the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

The Prime Minister is routinely kept updated on matters of national security which includes nuclear issues. In order not to simplify the calculations of any potential aggressor the UK deliberately does not define precisely when, how and at what scale we would use our nuclear weapons. The decision of the UK to leave the EU will not impact on this approach.

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