For many years in Britain, a unilateralist movement which would ultimately see our nuclear deterrent abolished has been growing. In the most recent UK general election, a majority of the parties elected to Westminster either opposed or were not fully committed to the retention of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Furthermore, surveys show that the amount of people that support Britain’s nuclear deterrent constitutes only a sliver of a majority. In a poll conducted by ORB in 2016, it was estimated that around 51% of the British public supported the renewal of Trident, while an estimated 49% of the British people either opposed full renewal or were lukewarm to the idea. With a rise in unilateralist populism, this majority could soon evaporate and lead to a party or coalition being elected that would abolish the UK’s deterrent from our defensive arsenal.