Nuclear Disarmament

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th July 2017.

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Photo of Tommy Sheppard Tommy Sheppard Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on his Department's policies of the draft treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons published by the UN in May 2017.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Secretary of State for Defence

The UK has not taken part in negotiation of this treaty, and does not intend to sign, ratify or become party to it. It will not be binding on the UK. The UK does not accept that this treaty can constitute a development of customary international law binding on the UK or other non-parties. The UK continues to pursue step by step nuclear disarmament consistent with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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