Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to Trident nuclear deterrent during the-the Conservative conference in Manchester on Wednesday.
He announced that Britain will buy four new Trident nuclear submarines to replace its existing fleet, which will be decommissioned. Britain’s existing four Vanguard class submarines are armed with up to 16 Trident II nuclear warheads.
Prime Minister Cameron emphasized that it was important for Britain to have a strong nuclear deterrent. His position contradicts Labour-Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose foreign policy stance is to scrap the Trident nuclear deterrent.
“Our independent nuclear deterrent is our ultimate insurance policy, this government will order four new Trident submarines,” said Prime Minister Cameron. According to him, Britain will commit 2% of its GDP to the NATO spending year.
Mr. Corbyn believes that Britain should not be spending £10 billion to renew its Trident nuclear submarines. He admitted that he would not authorize the use of nuclear weapons if elected prime minister.
Prime Minister Cameron criticized Mr. Corbyn
During the conference, Prime Minister Cameron criticized Corbyn’s “Britain-hating ideology.” He accused the Labour-Party leader as the terrorist sympathizer, who considered the death of Osama Bin Laden as a “tragedy.”
Prime Minister Cameron said,”On the subject of protecting our country from terrorism, let me just say this: Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader. But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a tragedy.”
He pointed out, “A tragedy is nearly 3,000 people murdered one morning in New York. A tragedy is the moms and dads who never came home from work that day. A tragedy is people jumping from the towers after the planes hit.”
“My friends – we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathizing, Britain-hating ideology in the country we love,” stressed Prime Minister Cameron.
In response, Mr. Corbyn’s spokesperson said the Prime Minister’s speech was “sure sign” that he was “rattled by the re-energization of the Labour Party.”
Britain must play its part in the fight against ISIL
Prime Minister Cameron also emphasized that it is a must for Britain to “play its part” in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria.
According to him, ISIL’s ideology contaminated the view of the world and it “has become an epidemic infecting minds from the mosques of Mogadishu to the bedrooms of Birmingham.” The Prime Minister said Britain must help stop the “seed of hatred” being planted in the minds of people.
He recently signaled his plan to push for a vote in the British Parliament to approve a military action against ISIL in Syria. The Daily Telegraph newspaper quoted him saying that Britain’s military attacks in Syria “may well become possible.” He also previously stated that there is a strong case for extending British air strikes from Iraq to Syria.
Prior to the Conservative Party conference, Prime Minister Cameron said, “What I am clear about is one of the biggest threats we have to respond to is that terrorist threat.” He added that he would boost Britain’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) regiment and purchase 20 new drones- known as Protectors- to fight ISIL.
During the conference, Prime Minister Cameron also talked about the refugee crisis. According to him, the real answer to the problem is to “help countries like Syria to become places where people actually want to live.” He explained that they must have a government that does not terrorize its people. He emphasized that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “must go.”
“In its place, we need a government that can be our ally in the defeat of ISIL because we will never be safe here in Britain until we eradicate that death cult,” according to Prime Minister Cameron.