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Scottish Parliament calls for Trident removal after Yes vote

Following a lively debate in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish CND welcomed Holyrood's decision to support the removal of Trident by the end of the first independent parliament, if there is a Yes vote. The motion also supported the proposal for a constitutional ban on nuclear weapons.

John Ainslie, Coordinator or Scottish CND, said

"Scottish CND welcomes the Scottish Parliament's historic decision to call for the removal of Trident by 2020 if Scotland votes Yes in 6 weeks time. As was said in the debate, an independent Scotland would have the opportunity not just to remove nuclear weapons from our shores, but to set an example to the world."

The motion agreed by the Parliament said:

“That the Parliament supports the speediest safe withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Scotland; opposes the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons; believes that the predicted cost of around £4 billion a year in the mid-2020s for Trident renewal is totally unjustifiable; calls on the UK Government to set out which major defence procurement projects, or other areas of public spending, will have to be cut to pay for Trident renewal; notes that only a Yes vote in the independence referendum will guarantee the withdrawal of Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland; supports the aim of removing Trident within the first term of the Scottish Parliament following independence, and a constitutional ban on nuclear weapons in Scotland; confirms its commitment to working with nuclear and non-nuclear states to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons; supports a global ban on nuclear weapons, and considers that the removal of Trident from Scotland would strengthen the case against renewal of the UK Government’s nuclear arsenal.”  (Motion S4M-10724)

This included an amendment from the Scottish Green Party which was accepted. The motion was agreed by 68 to 47 with no abstentions.

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