Stuart McMillan MSP is using the UN’s International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Saturday 26th September) to once again call for an end to the £100 billion Trident replacement programme.
Mr McMillan is also calling on new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to restate his anti-trident credentials and give a commitment that Labour MPs will join the SNP in voting against the renewal of Trident.
The 26th of September (Saturday) has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public—and their leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them.
Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Spending £100 billion on something we do not need or will never use is completely farcical – especially at a time when we have families relying on food banks to feed their children and pensioners who cannot afford to heat their homes.
“The UK is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and one of only five signatories that possess nuclear weapons – the UK Government has a clear legal and moral obligation to work towards a nuclear free world.
“Rather than meet their obligations the UK Government plans to spend £100 billion on new nuclear weapons. They must honour their commitments, remove the Trident nuclear weapons system and cancel plans to replace it.
“Even more serious than cost itself is the cataclysmic danger these weapons pose, in particular here in Inverclyde.
“These weapons are on our own doorsteps – a matter of miles away. And worse still they are regularly transported through Inverclyde onto the Erskine Bridge. On one occasion last year they were moved when there was restrictions on the bridge due to high winds.
“While the people of Inverclyde lay asleep in their beds, these weapons were passing by our homes in 80 to 100 miles per hour winds. I dread to think what would happen in the event of an accident with such a convoy. It really does not bare thinking about.
“The pressure is now on Labour – both at Westminster and Holyrood – to clarify their position and work with the SNP in opposing spending £100 billion on Trident’s replacement; Jeremy Corbyn has so far failed to give an early commitment that Labour MPs will join the SNP in voting against the renewal of Trident.