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Anti-nuclear campaigners have responded to the government’s announcement about its programme to replace the UK’s nuclear warhead.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

“This statement confirms that the government has broken the promise to MPs that the decision to build nuclear warheads would be taken by parliament. Instead, this deal has been agreed in secret with the United States, and the government has admitted it only after Pentagon officials let the cat of the bag. It seems that the US/UK special nuclear relationship now supersedes parliamentary scrutiny, accountability and decision-making. This is a dangerous and anti-democratic development and must be rolled back.”