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Can’t go over it

There are now fewer nuclear bombs on each British Trident submarine. So said British defence secretary Michael Fallon on 20 January.

The number of warheads on each Trident nuclear submarine – and on Trident replacement submarines – is down from 48 to 40.

Nuclear Information Service commented: ‘Although undertaken as a cost-saving measure resulting from the need to reduce the defence equipment budget and public spending following the 2008 banking crisis, the reduction in nuclear forces has been presented internationally by the UK government as a step taken towards meeting its disarmament obligations.’