Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has rejected the advice of Clive Lewis, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, and Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, and pledged to vote against Trident.
In a joint article for the Guardian, Lewis and Thornberry wrote:
“Labour should not play this game. We should treat this government and this vote with the contempt they deserve. Moreover, there are clear principled and practical reasons why Labour MPs should refuse to vote with the government on Monday. They propose an open-ended commitment to maintain Britain’s current nuclear capability ‘for as long as the global security situation demands’. Such a vague, indefinite commitment precludes any possibility of Britain ever stepping down the nuclear ladder and contributing to global multilateral disarmament”.
Corbyn rejected the advice, saying to the Guardian:
“I will be voting against continuous at-sea deterrent, because it rules out any compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty”.