Prime Minister Theresa May would be prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain was not under attack, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed.
Read more“In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike,” Fallon told the BBC’s Today program.
On Sunday, the Labour leader said he would never authorize the use of nuclear weapons and suggested Trident renewal might not be in Labour’s election manifesto – only to be corrected within hours by party colleagues.
Fallon’s comments come as the Tories continued to exploit Labour divisions on the retention of the Trident deterrent, to warn of the “very dangerous chaos” if Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister.
When asked in what circumstances, he replied: “They are better not specified or described, which would only give comfort to our enemies and make the deterrent less credible.
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Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The Tories would be prepared to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike, their Defence Secretary has confirmed.
Michael Fallon said today: “In the most extreme circumstances we’ve made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.”
Mr Fallon claimed the Labour leader’s interview was “staggering”, saying: “Mr Corbyn wants to be Prime Minister in six weeks’ time.
And US President Donald Trump has warned he will reverse the trend of western nations reducing their nuclear arsenal.
Meanwhile Labour’s campaign chairman confirmed Trident renewal WILL be in its general election manifesto for June 8 – despite Mr Corbyn saying it was still being decided yesterday.