UK's Nuclear Deterrent

Part of Terrorist Attack: Nice – in the House of Commons at 8:03 pm on 18th July 2016.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 8:03 pm, 18th July 2016

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Right now, around 130 countries have endorsed a UN motion calling for a global ban treaty on nuclear weapons. Negotiations for that global ban treaty may begin next year, but this Government are holding out and refusing to engage with multilateral UN processes to secure a nuclear-free world. The Government therefore have no credibility when they say they are seriously working for a nuclear-free world. In an increasingly interconnected world, where our security is deeply linked to the security of those around us, and where we need to be gradually doing the slow and hard work of disarming, the Government’s response is the wrong one, and it takes us backwards. By voting to renew Trident, we are sending a signal that power by any means is necessary—