Britain will grow its nuclear warhead stockpile by more than 40% to ensure its security in a more risky global environment and as it faces new technological threats, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
The country had previously been reducing its nuclear weapons stockpile, and in 2010, the government set a cap of 180 warheads for the mid-2020 period.
Johnson has scrapped the earlier limit and announced the number would now rise to a maximum of 260. The significant shift in nuclear policy prompted questions from the Labour Party and condemnation from anti-nuclear weapons campaigners.
A Whitehall source confirmed that the UK would “be an unapologetic nuclear power.”
The Prime Minister revealed the conclusion of the most significant shake-up of UK foreign, defense and security policy since the Cold War.
“The overriding purpose of this review… is to make the United Kingdom stronger, safer and more prosperous while standing up for our values,” he told the House of Commons.