In 2007 the British Government announced that the UK strategic nuclear deterrent is to be maintained until the 2050s, by which time Britain will have been a nuclear weapons state for almost a century. During the Cold War Britain need to deter the Soviet Union, but the UK's relationship with the United States was at least as important in determining the country's nuclear stance. Today the Soviet threat has been replaced by a less threatening but more uncertain strategic environment. Nuclear ties with the US remain as important as ever, and enable the UK to remain a nuclear power at modest cost.
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