Somebody told me that the UK cannot fire its nuclear weapons without the agreement and support from US. Is this true?
This claim is made in the following locations:
David Morrison - Britain’s “dependent” nuclear deterrent
There is some doubt about the degree of “operational” independence that Britain enjoys in respect of its nuclear weapons system. But there is no doubt that Britain is dependent on the US for the manufacture and maintenance of a key element of the system. So, to call it an “independent” nuclear deterrent, as the Government does all the time, is fraudulent.
The Guardian - Time to debate the alternatives to replacing Trident
The financial albatross called Trident is neither independent nor credible. Control was handed to Washington when the decision was made to use a missile delivery system designed, manufactured and overhauled in the US. Even submarine-launched test firings are conducted in US waters near Cape Canaveral under, needless to say, US Navy supervision. It is inconceivable that No 10 would fire Trident in anger without prior approval from the White House.
House of Commons Report on The independence of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent
the UK would, in practice, not be able to use its nuclear deterrent in circumstances in which the US was either neutral or actively opposed to UK policy, or where the US was an adversary.