Gary Lineker says he would scrap TridentNovember 11, 2019
Gary Lineker says he would scrap Trident as he argues with Piers Morgan about nuclear weapons on Twitter
- Lineker said he wants UK’s nuclear programme scrapped when Morgan asked
- Came after Emily Thornberry tried to defend Jeremy Corbyn’s record on security
- Lineker tweeted: ‘Nuclear thing is bonkers. We’re all f**ked if they’re ever used’
- Morgan later asked Lineker if he would scrap Trident, and he said ‘absolutely’
Gary Lineker has said he would scrap Trident in a heated Twitter argument with Piers Morgan about nuclear weapons.
The Match Of The Day host, 58, revealed he wants the UK’s nuclear programme abandoned when asked by the Good Morning Britain presenter.
The argument came hours after shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry tried to shrug off fears Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would put Britain’s security at risk – by claiming he will not have sole control of the nuclear deterrent.
Lineker tweeted: ‘Nuclear thing is bonkers. We’re all f**ked if they’re ever used.’
The Match Of The Day host (left), 58, revealed he wants the UK’s nuclear programme abandoned when asked by the Good Morning Britain presenter (right)
Morgan, 54, hit back: ‘The whole point of having a nuclear deterrent is that it deters people from using them.
‘Labour supports having the weapons but Corbyn says he’d never use them, thus negating the deterrent. THAT is bonkers.’
Lineker replied: ‘The whole point of having nuclear weapons is that it deters people from using nuclear weapons. Makes sense.’
Gary Lineker has said he would scrap Trident (pictured, HMS Victorious, one of the nuclear submarines) in a heated Twitter argument with Piers Morgan about nuclear weapons
Morgan wrote: ‘Yes, it does, which is why no nuclear weapons have been used aggressively since WW2.’
The former Tottenham player put: ‘I suspect that nuclear weapons would not have been used aggressively or otherwise if there were no nuclear weapons.’
Then Morgan asked Lineker if he would scrap Trident, to which he said ‘absolutely’.
Morgan followed up: ‘Wow. OK. Would you scrap our armed forces too while you’re at it?’
But Lineker said he would not.
The row started when Lineker tweeted: ‘Nuclear thing is bonkers. We’re all f**ked if they’re ever used’
Ms Thornberry was this morning left scrabbling to defend Labour’s commitment to spending billions renewing the Trident system given Mr Corbyn has openly said he would never use it.
She also admitted she could not think of a single British military deployment that Mr Corbyn, a lifelong CND activist who condemned Nato for fuelling the Cold War, has backed.
Told that Mr Corbyn had opposed both the Falklands and the huge international peacekeeping operation in Kosovo, Ms Thornberry said: ‘I personally felt that we were right to do what we did in Kosovo.’
Emily Thornberry today tried to shrug off fears that Jeremy Corbyn would put Britain’s security at risk – by claiming he will not have sole control of the nuclear deterrent
In the past Mr Corbyn has explicitly ruled out deploying nuclear weapons, even if the UK was attacked. Critics point out that undermines the principle of the deterrent.
Every new PM has to write so-called ‘letters of last resort’ giving instructions to submarine commanders on what to do if the UK is targeted by a nuclear strike.
Struggling to justify the leader’s position, Ms Thornberry told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I don’t necessarily believe that it will be a decision that will be made by one individual, I suspect that the way that Jeremy makes decisions is that he takes advice and that we work collectively.
‘I am not prepared to go in to whether we would use nuclear weapons or not, whether we would make a decision collectively to use nuclear weapons or not, in what circumstances.’
Ms Thornberry said that until recently political leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, had deliberately avoided saying whether they would actually use the deterrent.
‘No leader has said one way or the other until very recently whether they were prepared to use the nuclear weapon or not,’ she said.
‘So we’ve had Conservative leaders recently saying they would press the button, we’ve had Labour people recently saying they wouldn’t press the button.
‘I’m of the view that it’s best for us not to say one way or the other whether we would use it or not, just as we have done for generations.’
Pressed on what Mr Corbyn would do if an enemy had carried out a nuclear strike on the north of England and was planning another on London, she said: ‘Who knows? That’s kind of the point.
She also admitted she could not think of a single British military deployment that Mr Corbyn (pictured in Islington today), a lifelong CND activist who condemned Nato for fuelling the cold war, has backed
Asked if she could name a time when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ever backed the use of British forces overseas, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: ‘No, not off the top of my head.’
She continued: ‘In principle, Jeremy is not a pacifist. We are not pacifists. There will be times when we need to use military force but when we use it we need to ensure that the use of the military force actually makes the situation better in the long term.’
Defence minister Johnny Mercer said: ‘If Jeremy Corbyn is unable to make crucial decisions to keep our country safe, he is not fit to be prime minister.
‘It is important that Labour urgently clarifies their position on whether or not they would actually be prepared to use our nuclear deterrent if needed.
‘Labour are dithering on whether they would use Trident, just like they are dithering and delaying on Brexit.’
Meanwhile Mr Corbyn has said a Labour government would ensure British troops were never again deployed in ‘unnecessary or unjust’ military conflict.
In a video to mark Armistice Day, he said: ‘We must make sure that we never again send our soldiers into unnecessary or unjust wars.’
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