British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to confirm whether she knew about a failed Trident test when she addressed parliament for the debate about renewing Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper, a Trident II D5 missile test flight veered off course when fired off the coast of Florida. It was supposed to travel away from rather than toward the U.S.
An unnamed Royal Navy source said that the “disastrous failure” caused widespread panic in Downing Street who chose to hush up the incident.
A few weeks after the test MPs voted to renew the Trident Programme spending £40bn of taxpayers’ money on it. There was no mention of the failed test during the debate. Theresa May said she would kill hundreds of millions of people and use the weapon, to many cheers and applause of her own party.
Opposition Parties want to know why Tests were Hushed up
Now Labour and the SNP want to know why the test was hushed up.
True to form, Theresa May refused to answer direct questions on whether she knew about the tests and kept it from parliament. Asked the question on television she said, “There are tests that take place all the time, regularly, for our nuclear deterrents. What we were talking about in that debate that took place was about the future.”
The report states that the missile’s intended target was just off the coast of West Africa. When fired from the HMS Vengeance the missile flew in the wrong direction. The cause of the problem is unknown.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said, “People on both sides of the argument will have expected that to be reported to parliament. The fact that [May] didn’t is extremely worrying.”
While former defence minister and Labour MP Kevan Jones said, “If there are problems, they should not have been covered up in this ham-fisted way. Ministers should come clean if there are problems and there should be an urgent inquiry into what happened.”