Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 21st April 2021.

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Photo of Virginia Crosbie Virginia Crosbie Conservative, Ynys Môn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether the Government plans to send a representative to the meeting of states party to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 12-14 January 2022 in Vienna.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The United Kingdom will not send Observers to the First Conference of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The Government has been clear it will not sign the TPNW. We do not believe this Treaty will bring us closer to a world without nuclear weapons. The Government believes that the best way to achieve our collective goal of a world without nuclear weapons is through gradual multilateral disarmament negotiated using a step-by-step approach, under the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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