British Prime Minister is under pressure to reveal what she knew of a failed Trident missile test weeks before parliament voted on refreshing Britain’s nuclear deterrent. When interviewed on television she failed to respond to the question four times.
The interview has been hailed as a disaster.
This morning, both Labour and the Scottish National Party (SNP) have repeated their calls for a full explanation on how much the prime minister knew in relation to the failed test.
In the Sunday Times newspaper, the missile was tested in June last year. The unarmed missile was fired off the coast of Florida and was supposed to hit a target off the coast of West Africa. Instead it flew in the wrong direction towards America.
According to the newspaper the failed test was covered up by Downing Street. The information was never presented to parliament ahead of the Commons vote.
The paper’s information has cited a senior source within in The Royal Navy.
During the debate on renewing Trident at a cost of £40bn to the taxpayer, MPs were told it would be an act of “gross irresponsibility” not to renew the weapon system.
Labour Calls for Explanations
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been a critic of nuclear weapons, said this called for a “serious discussion” and Labour have gone on to say that it was unacceptable that Theresa May “sidestepped” the question.
Previous tests of the missile system in 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2012 were published and in some cases were watched by VIPs. This makes the cover up even more sinister.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disaster has described the malfunction as a very serious failure. A spokesperson saying, “There’s absolutely no doubt that this would have impacted on the debate in Parliament on Trident replacement.”
Serious questions levelled at Theresa May are expected in the next few days.