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Resolutions and Amendments for Scottish CND AGM 2018

Below is the list of resolutions to be discussed at the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Annual General Meeting on Saturday 10th November 2018 from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Any individual member of the Scottish Group or affiliated group who would like to put forward any amendments to these resolutions should do so by 4pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Amendments should be emailed to both our campaign worker Emma Cockburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Scottish CND secretary Jean Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, amendments can be hand delivered to the Scottish CND office at 77 Southpark Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LE between 12pm and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Annual General Meeting 2018

Resolution 1

Scottish CND Executive to be moved by Janet Fenton

This AGM recognizes the outstanding contribution of Brian Quail to Scottish CND and the wider Peace Movement.

This AGM agrees to install Brian as a lifetime Special Advisor to SCND.

The AGM notes that this will allow Brian to link in with our executive committee and other working groups within the Scottish CND structure in a special advisory capacity

Amendment to resolution submitted by Aberdeen and District CND

Delete the second and third sentence.

Resolution 2

Scottish CND executive to be moved by Arthur West

Scottish CND will continue to build and demonstrate Scottish opposition to Trident renewal.

Scottish CND will also continue to support the TPNW and the campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.

Scottish CND agrees to take the following steps to carry out these aims

1.      Continue to highlight that the majority of our elected representatives share our commitment to scrapping Trident and elimination of nuclear weapons in common with the majority of UN member states.

2.      Continue to provide information and support to MPs and MSPs on nuclear weapons related issues and press them to speak out in public about how Scotland can contribute to disarmament by supporting the parliamentary pledge for the TPNW
We also resolve to press elected members to use every opportunity to highlight the dangers presented by the Faslane and Coulport facilities and the nuclear weapons convoys.

3.      Continue to produce regular, reliable and trustworthy press releases and briefings for conventional broadcast, online and social media outlets about nuclear disarmament issues locally and globally.

4.      Continue with our partners in the wider Scottish Peace Movement through coalitions such as the Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition, ICAN Scottish Partners Round Table, Scottish Don't Bank on the Bomb Network,   Nukewatch, Trident Ploughshares and the Scottish Peace Network.
We also resolve to work with new and emerging networks to ensure strong advocacy and public discussion as we work towards a Scotland free of nuclear weapons and nuclear dependency.

5.      Intervene in future election campaigns to lobby candidates and encourage voters to vote for parties and candidates opposed to nuclear weapons.

6.      Continue to publicise the anniversaries of the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents.
In addition we will use the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversaries to highlight the dreadful consequences of using nuclear weapons.

7.      Continue to sustain and increase the membership of Scottish CND through promoting the activities of the organisation.
Scottish CND will also give priority to supporting and sustaining local groups

8.      Continue working with trade unions, faith groups and other civic organisations to build on work already done in relation to developing ideas for diversifying the economy away from the production of nuclear weapons.
Therefore a major part of the work of Scottish CND will continue to be making the arguments that money and resources currently linked to nuclear weapons expenditure could be better spent on socially useful items such as health, education and responding to the challenges of climate change.

9.      Continue our active programme of public work through regular street stalls and stalls at conferences and events

10.Continue to develop an up to date and well researched programme of education to schools and the wider community through support for the activities of the Peace Education Scotland charity

11.Develop mobile exhibition including a timeline to mark the 60th anniversary of Scottish CND.
This work will be supported through a National Heritage Lottery Grant. It is planned to take the exhibition to various locations across the country such as museums, schools and the Scottish Parliament

Amendment to resolution submitted by Edinburgh Stop the War

In view of the intensity of political debate, which will characterise the next six months, Scottish CND will continue to highlight the case for scrapping Trident and will discuss with the Scrap Trident Coalition the option of a demonstration in Glasgow for late Spring 2019.

Amendment to resolution submitted by Aberdeen & District CND

Add to point 7 ‘Stop the War, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, People and Planet and Faslane Peace Camp

Amendment to resolution submitted by Kate Crawford and David Kelly

Remove all of clause 5 and replace with:

Scottish CND are a grassroots organisation that campaigns for nuclear disarmament.

Scottish CND is sympathetic to Scottish Independence, but must keep party politics at a distance so that we can address our primary goal uncompromised by political affiliation.

If and when Scotland becomes independent voice of Scottish CND may be required to ensure the fulfilment of ridding Trident from Scotland.

Amendment to resolution submitted by Eric Chester

1.      To the first section of basic principles add the following: Making Scotland a nuclear free zone is a priority goal for Scottish CND. This will require decommissioning the two aging nuclear reactors that are currently in operation, as well as banning of all nuclear weapons on Scottish territory.

2.      Insert in the section on implementation as point 3 (so every point thereafter is increased by one): Scottish CND will work with other peace and environmental organisations to create a coalition that can mobilise popular support for closing down both nuclear reactors as rapidly as possible, but no later than five years from now. This campaign could utilise a variety of tactics including rallies, marches and civil disobedience.

3.      Amend current point 8 by adding to the end of the sentence “and nuclear power”, so the last part of the sentence would read: “diversifying the economy away from the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear power.”

Resolution 3

Moved by Aberdeen CND

Scottish CND should be as broad and as inclusive organisation as possible to gain it maximum support. The aims of the Constitution of Scottish CND are as follows-

The aims of Scottish CND shall be:

a)     The unilateral abandonment by Britain of nuclear weapons, nuclear bases and nuclear alliances, as a prerequisite for a British foreign policy which has as its main objective the world-wide abolition of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons leading to General and complete disarmament.

b)     Opposition to the manufacture, stockpiling, testing, use and threatened use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons by any country, and to policies of any country or group of countries which make nuclear war more likely, or which hinder progress towards a world without weapons of mass destruction

A clear majority of activists in Aberdeen and District CND see Independence as the most likely route to get rid of nuclear weapons from Scotland. However, we do not think Independence should be a long-term policy in itself as firstly it excludes others who do not agree. When an Independence Referendum is called that is the time to decide whether we should support Independence during the referendum that would follow.

In the meantime we call for the policy to be abandoned and for us to pursue the abolition of nuclear weapons in line with the constitution and to enable an inclusive organisation.

Amendment to resolution be moved by Isobel Lindsay on behalf of Scottish CND Executive

Delete first sentence

Delete all - after ' a world without weapons of mass destruction’

Add

SCND has an obligation to pursue the most effective strategy to achieve these objectives. Currently the strategy that offers by far the best opportunity is the establishment of an independent Scottish state with responsibility for defence. With very substantial political majority in Scotland opposed to nuclear weapons, this would enable us to join the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and in so doing, not only clearing these from Scottish land and waters, but also making the rest of the UK’s nuclear capacity non-viable  We cannot take a holiday from campaigning for the best way of achieving our aims, SCND has always welcomed those who support our opposition to nuclear weapons whatever their other views and they have always found a positive role with us.

Amendment to resolution submitted by Eileen Cook

Delete all from the beginning of the second sentence and replace with:

However, we do not think that Independence should be a long-term policy in itself for Scottish CND. Firstly, it excludes others who do not currently agree with Independence. We need to build the broadest possible support for SCND’s aims. Secondly, we may confront a range of scenarios and it’s essential that we are able to adapt to meet these. This includes the option of arguing for a ‘Yes’ vote in any Independence referendum.

In the meantime we call for the interpretation of policy that binds SCND to Independence as the primary route to meet our aims to be modified and for SCND to pursue the abolition of nuclear weapons in line with the constitution and to enable an inclusive organisation.

Supporting notes: Given the prevailing uncertainty over  the likelihood, timing and outcome of any 2nd independence referendum, SCND should be opposing Trident along as broad a front as possible. So we need to be prepared for a number of outcomes:

 

1. No referendum in the near future and the need to continue to target the UK government and NATO.

2. A referendum that delivers another 'No' vote. 

3. A referendum that delivers Independence with an election that delivers a  pro-trident Scottish Parliament. This will be a hard one as the SP are likely to agree an Independence with Nuclear Weapons

4. Referendum that delivers Independence to be negotiated by an SNP government. Such an outcome will not automatically guarantee a Trident-free outcome as the UK government is likely to offer both sticks (a refusal to grant independence) and carrots (££££££) to keep Trident in Scotland. NATO will also be bringing pressure, hence 5 is also a possibility

5. A 'compromise' scenario with Faslane remaining as a NATO base.

 

Amendment to resolution submitted by Kate Crawford and David Kelly

Delete all after “Weapons of mass destruction” and add:

The current political reality in Westminster is that both major parties wish to keep Trident in Scotland. The government is opposed to the TPNW treaty.

Therefore the most effective and fastest route to remove Trident from Scotland and give her a vote at the UN to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is through an Independent Scotland.

Scottish CND should therefore continue to support the principle of an Independent Scotland.

 

Resolution 4

Moved by Edinburgh CND

Conference notes:

1.      The possibility of a second independence referendum in the foreseeable future.

2.      Scottish CND’s support for independence as a route to nuclear disarmament

3.      The likelihood that the issue of Trident and Faslane will become a negotiating issue in any Independence discussions between the UK and Scottish Governments.

Conference resolves to campaign to ensure that the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland is not negotiable.

To this end SCND will prepare a leaflet and other appropriate campaign materials in preparation for taking a firm stand if there were to be any suggestion of negotiability.

The leaflet would be particularly targeted at pro -Independence events to assure that all parties are well prepared to defend the right of an independent Scotland to be Nuclear free without delay

 

Amendment to resolution submitted by Edinburgh CND

Add comment to sentence so should read: Conference resolves to campaign to ensure that the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland is not negotiable and NATO membership must also continue to be opposed.

 

Resolution 5

Defence Diversification moved by Aberdeen CND

This Scottish CND Conference welcomes efforts to promote Defence Diversification by diverse labour movement and peace groups including by the STUC and SCND who have called for a Scottish Defence Diversification Agency, whose main focus will be planning and resourcing the diversification of jobs away from Defence projects such as Trident, and promoting the greening of the Scottish economy.

Conference applauds Scottish CND’s promotion of recent research report by Nuclear Education

Trust - Defence Diversification - International learning for Trident jobs

Conference requests that SCND Executive urge groups and Peace Education Scotland to assign a high priority to Defence Diversification in their work and to offer assistance if required

Supporting notes

The UK arms export industry is relatively small - in 2015 Defence exports were 7.7 billion pounds corresponding to 1.6 per cent of all UK exports for a year. Arms export companies benefit more than any other sector from export credit guarantees and are heavily dependent on research and development subsidies. Experts put the direct subsidy at somewhere between 104 million pounds and 453 million pounds and the indirect subsidy between 483million pounds and 576 million pounds

The UK annual Defence budget is currently the fifth largest in the world. According to the House of Commons library the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has consistently been the top export market for the UK Arms industry, receiving two thirds of UK arms exports in 2015, second only to US arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Recent Defence Diversification reports

-          The joint SCND and STUC report from April 2015 - Trident and Jobs

-          The CND report from April 2016 - Trident and Jobs

-          The Nuclear Education Trust UK research report June 2018

-          Campaign Against the Arms Trade - Arms to Renewables - October 2014

 

Resolution 6

The Creeping Militarisation of the EU to be moved by Aberdeen CND

This SCND Conference views with alarm the increasing militarisation of the European Union which is happening mostly without public debate and in closed meetings. Moreover, recent press reports claim that discussions have started in Berlin on whether Germany should develop their own nuclear weapons.

Conference notes:

1.      The launch of the European Defence Fund by the European Commission which was adopted in June 2017

2.      The endorsement of financing of independent EU Defence projects for the first time by MEPs in July 2018

3.      Conference asserts that investing EU funds in military research will not only divert resources from more peaceful purposes but is also likely to fuel arms races and undermine security in Europe or elsewhere.

4.      Conference recognises that the EU could play a valuable role in the international community by funding research into conflict prevention and resolution.

5.      Conference also calls upon the EU to focus funds on the mitigation of the pressing threat of climate change and to alleviate the refugee crisis.

6.      Conference welcomes the launch of Researchers for Peace a coalition of 700 scientists and academics across Europe which calls on the EU to stop funding military research

Supporting notes -

-          FT Opinion by Frederick Studemann - ' Thinking the unthinkable on Germany going Nuclear ' from Feb 2017

-          The new European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) has an annual budget of half a billion Euros, with its projects including drones and cyber security. The EDIDP is part of the proposed European Defence Fund, a pot of 13 million Euros to spend on military equipment although most projects are yet to be approved.

 

Resolution 7

Peace Camp to be moved by Edinburgh CND

Following the success of visits to the Peace Camp by Edinburgh CND and others:

-          Conference resolves that each local Scottish CND group should be encouraged and supported to participate in at least 1 Peace Camp event a year- either in the form of visits or donations.

 

Resolution 8

Moved by Aberdeen CND

Scottish CND should continue to campaign for both Scotland and the wider UK to leave NATO

NATO's policy of ever more expansion has a considerable de-stabilising effect on the world.

NATO continues to hold policies of retaining nuclear arms and 'first use' of these

NATO encouraged its members to oppose the negotiations which resulted in the Treaty to prohibit Nuclear Weapons and to sign and support the Treaty

 

Amendment to resolution submitted by Eric Chester

Amendment 1: Membership in NATO is incompatible with the goal of making Scotland a nuclear weapons free zone. As long as Scotland remains within NATO, the United States will use Scottish military bases to service its submarines and planes armed with nuclear weapons.

Amendment 2: NATO member countries are coming under increasing pressure from the United States to increase military spending. These are financial resources that should be used to fund essential services rather than more soldiers and armaments.

Add a second section with implementation:

Amendment 1: To implement this goal, Scottish CND will sponsor a rally on 4th April 2019 calling for Scotland and the UK to immediately withdraw from NATO. The Scottish CND Executive Committee is authorised to coordinate this rally with CND UK as well as with sympathetic organisations in other NATO countries.

Amendment 2: Scottish CND urges its members to attend the anti-NATO conference that will take place in Dublin on 16th November 2018. Scottish CND will affiliate with any network that emerges out of the Dublin conference.

 

Resolution 9

Constitutional Amendment to be moved by Jean Anderson on behalf of SCND Executive

This AGM confirms that nominations for the Scottish CND executive should be made by a SCND member in good standing and seconded by another member in good standing.

This AGM agrees that two nominations for the same candidate will count as nomination and seconding.

This AGM further agrees that seconded nominations must be received by the secretary at least 28days prior to the AGM

This AGM agrees to amend section 6 e of the SCND constitution to reflect the points in this resolution.

 

 Amendment to resolution submitted by Aberdeen and District CND

Delete the words ‘in good standing’ from the first sentence.

Add the following sentence:

That Scottish CND informs all members 56 days prior to the AGM that nominations to the Executive can be made