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Global disarmament campaigners comment on impact of Yes vote

In advance of a debate on Trident in the Scottish Parliament, several key international campaigners have highlighted the significance a Yes vote for nuclear disarmament.

Tadatoshi Akiba, former Mayor of Hiroshima, said “your successful effort in Scotland would tell them and the world that citizens round the world have won this historic and monumental and humanitarian battle over nuclear weapons.” 

Ward Wilson, Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project, who spoke at a meeting in the Parliament on 5 August, said that Scotland’s rejection of nuclear weapons “will have an enormous and beneficial impact on the safety of civilisation.” He added that “at key moments, small nations can have a profound and powerful impact on world conversations.  They can clear away the dust and cobwebs of the past.  This is one of the moments.”

Bruce Kent, Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, backed a Yes vote as it “would lead to the removal of immoral and illegal Trident from Faslane and Scotland”.

Welcoming the interventions, SNP MSP Bill Kidd, Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament, said:

“These comments from highly respected international campaigners highlight the opportunities Scotland will have to make a difference as an independent country – and to take the lead on nuclear disarmament. By taking a stand on these immoral, destructive and abhorrent weapons of mass destruction we will set a powerful example on the world stage."

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