"If you want peace, prepare for war." Britain's conventional defences have been depleted by successive governments to the point where there is now a real danger that we have been left defenceless. The ability to be able to respond with conventional, non-nuclear force, is an absolute requirement that is being ignored.

Whilst much of recent conflict has been instigated by the corporate interests that infest the US and UK administrations, conventional forces have reduced to the point where a potential adversary might reasonably conclude that we would be unable to respond to an attack.

In the modern age, the intercontinental ballistic missile carrying nuclear warheads has become redundant. The cost of maintaining Trident is currently running at over £3bn per year. Yet we insist on sending our armed forces into theatre without the requisite equipment, we fail to support them once they're there, and we throw them on the scrap heap when they return. It is a national disgrace.

British Independents would scrap the Trident missile programme and rebuild our armed forces with a clean sheet vision, whilst removing the expensive bureaucratic encumbrance that is the Ministry if Defence.

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