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Speaking to BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, Mr Cleverly stated he was “absolutely in favour of nuclear disarmament”. Under Government’s plans, that are a part of a overseas coverage evaluation, the UK would enhance its nuclear arsenal restrict by 40 p.c, to 260 warheads.

The enhance may very well be in breach of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for that member nations regularly scale back their stockpiles of nuclear arms underneath worldwide legislation.

Mr Cleverly defended the Government’s adhesion to the settlement, however highlighted the significance of getting an unbiased nuclear deterrent.

He stated: “We should remember that the independent nuclear deterrent is and has been the cornerstone of our national defence – and indeed our collective Nato defence – for decades.

“In a world that’s extra harmful and fewer predictable, it is completely proper that we preserve a reputable unbiased nuclear deterrent and that is what that is about”.

Ms Maitlis grilled the minister on whether or not elevating the cap meant the UK was “no longer” complying with nuclear disarmament.

She stated: “But you’d accept this is no longer disarmament.

“If you’re raising your cap, you can no longer say that Britain is in favour of nuclear disarmament.”

Mr Cleverly responded: “We are absolutely in favour of nuclear disarmament.

“But what I’ve at all times stated is that unilateralism – which has been proposed by CND and others – shouldn’t be the best way to do that.”

He added: “We ought to keep in mind that the UK has one of many smallest nuclear arsenals, a single system nuclear arsenal, significantly smaller than another nuclear state, however we do contribute to the credible defence, nuclear defence, of Nato, ourselves and our allies.

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