Fri 22 Jan, 2021

One of our first acts after independence must be to join the family of nations, including our near neighbours in Ireland, who have signed this treaty. Ross Greer

Scotland should accede to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons the moment it becomes independent, the Scottish Greens have said.

On the day the treaty, which makes the ownership, proliferation or testing of nuclear weapons illegal, comes into force, Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer said: “This is a momentous day in the campaign to rid the world of these brutal and indiscriminate weapons of mass slaughter.

“Much of the UK’s stockpile of these evil bombs is of course kept in Scotland. One of our first acts after independence must be to join the family of nations, including our near neighbours in Ireland, who have signed this treaty. With that, the UK’s nuclear stockpile should be immediately evicted from the base at Faslane, which can be put to far safer and more productive use.

“Once Scotland is no longer a part of the nuclear map, the UK and America would be forced to rethink their nuclear strategy, particularly given the lack of suitable locations in England, Wales or Northern Ireland to dock the submarines and their world-ending payloads. That would be a hugely positive step on the road to global disarmament.”

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