As a part of the UK Wales will have to incur a percentage of the costs of replacing trident and most importantly the upkeep of trident for its planned 30 year life cycle. The figures I'll be using are from a Green Peace report from 2009 so if anything they will be lower than the figures will be when the official decision to replace trident is taken in 2016.
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Using the 2011 census figures it's quite easy to divide the £97 billion by the total population of the UK and then multiply it by the populations of Wales and each of its counties in order to tell us how much Wales' share (pro-capita) will be and how much that works out for each local area. For the 3.06 million people in Wales our share of the bill for the nukes will come to around £4.7 billion.
Now of course the UK is skint, it has no money at all and its trillion pound deficit is getting larger and larger as it has to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds every single day, billions each week just to keep the London casino ticking over. So this money is just going to be put on the tab, but that's ok because whatever goes on the tab is also going to be charged to us, just as the interest will be.
One last thing to consider though is that Scotland are about to vote on whether they get to become a proper country that is nuke free and able to use its resources for the benefit of its people or to remain a colony. The £4.7 billion figure is achieved by first dividing by the UK population. If Scotland votes yes then the UK population drops and our share goes up. Of course in this situation the UK might take the sensible decision and abandon any plans to buy new nukes. If it doesn't then on top of the £5.1 billion it will now cost Wales there will also be the added costs of building new infrastructure.
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