The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (also known as the TPNW or the Nuclear Ban Treaty) is an international agreement between countries. All countries that have signed or ratified the Treaty have committed to a complete global ban on nuclear weapons, and on all activities related to the creation or use of nukes.
Scotland cannot sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in its own right unless we become an independent country. However, even now, we can be guided by the principles of the Treaty and can take steps to embed as much of it as possible into domestic law. We can prepare for a day when Scotland is able to achieve full nuclear disarmament and sign up to the global nuclear ban.
In that spirit, we call on the Scottish Government to endorse the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and agree that an independent Scotland would immediately sign it.
The majority of MSPs, as well as Scottish MPs at Westminster, have signed the ICAN Parliamentarians’ Pledge, which is a commitment to supporting and working towards the TPNW.
We encourage all our members to find out if your representatives have signed the Pledge. If they have, please write to them to thank them – it’s vital for MPs and MSPs to understand that this is a key issue that matters to the people they represent, as it makes it more likely that they will take steps to make it real. If your MP or MSP hasn’t yet signed the Pledge, please write to them and ask them to do so at once.
To find out more about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and what it mean for Scotland, please visit NuclearBan.scot.
To find out more about worldwide work to get rid of nuclear weapons, please visit the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Scottish CND is proud to be an ICAN partner in Scotland.