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Smith Commission submission


Submission to the Smith Commission from Scottish CND



The Scottish Parliament should be given the power to prohibit the deployment of nuclear weapons in Scotland.


In 1996 the International Court of Justice gave an advisory opinion which said,


“the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law”.[1]


Trident is just plain wrong

It is not necessarily strange for a letter to be presented in favour of keeping Trident, but when Nigel Biggar describes himself as a professor of Christian ethics at Oxford University it is hard not to react with disbelief. 

Trident is an indescriminate killer, making no distinction between civilian and military targets, and its use would mean the death of millions of men, women and children who are not involved in the fighting.

Ex-Moderator voting Yes to get rid of Trident

Rt Rev Andrew McLellan, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in favour of a Yes vote. He said "The worst thing in Scotland is Trident. September 18 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remove the worst thing in Scotland. Speaking against nuclear weapons is good, and praying for their abolition is good. But what will change everything is voting Yes in the referendum. Living in a Scotland free of nuclear weapons will make everything else better".

Our vote can influence far beyond our shores

Kate Devlin's asserts, in "The Big Question: Trident" (Herald 22 August), that in the longer term a new home for Trident could be built in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.   But detailed research by Scottish CND has established that there is no viable site. 

Falmouth rejects Trident - Yes will mean disarmament

Conservative, Labour and Green party politicians in Cornwall have firmly rejected the idea that Falmouth could be turned into a store for nuclear weapons.  This proposal was central to the recent RUSI report which argued that a Yes vote would result in Trident remaining in Scotland until 2028, after which the nuclear weapons would be moved to Falmouth.  The strong local opposition to this proposal kills it stone dead before it has taken off the ground.  

Never heed the houdies - Scotland can ban the bomb

Contrary to recent media coverage of a report from an MOD think tank, Scottish CND argues that a Yes vote is likely to lead to there being no nuclear weapons in Britain and that Trident can be removed within 2 years.


Independence would be very significant for disarmament

Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will, has said in an article that

"Scottish independence could be the most significant development for international nuclear disarmament efforts in many years". 

Ray has coordinated the efforts of anti-nuclear NGOs at international gatherings, including NPT conferences.  She visited Scotland in July to discuss the implications of a Yes vote with campaigners and parliamentarians.

Trident - the moral case for voting Yes

Reading my nice shiny Scotland's Future handout, I was gob-smacked by the absence of the dreaded "T" word. Of all the reasons for being proud of the Scottish Government, none is greater than its rejection of Trident.

This is its trump card in the referendum, and it is not being played. Apart from saving on the colossal running costs, and the £100 billion for its replacement, rejection is the only principled position to take on nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

How a Yes vote can lead to nuclear disarmament

Scottish independence could be the trigger to Britain abandoning its nuclear weapons. So said leading academic, Lord Peter Hennessy, interviewed by Andrew Neil in "Scotland Votes: What's at stake for the UK?". He explained how Scots have it within their power to abolish the UK's Weapons of Mass Destruction. 
BBC Iplayer (from 8:00).


Scotland remembers Hiroshima

Events took place across Scotland to mark the 69th anniversary of the destruction of Hiroshima by an atomic bomb.