Last chance to stop Trident renewal

MorallyWrongThe long-awaited vote on whether to replace Trident, the UK’s submarine-launched nuclear weapons system, will take place on Monday 18 July.

There are currently four submarines, which carry up to eight Trident missiles, each fitted with a number of warheads.

The warheads are capable of hitting a target up to 7,500 miles away and each one is eight times the power of the one used at Hiroshima.

It isn’t yet known whether MPs will be asked to support replacement in principle, or whether they will be asked to consent to the building of four new submarines. Analysis by CND has shown that the lifetime cost of Trident replacement will be at least £205 billion.

Weapons of mass destruction

Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they have the greatest destructive capacity of all weapons.

International law obliges all nations to pursue and conclude negotiations for nuclear disarmament. Yet nine nations appear set on keeping them for many decades to come: the US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Sarah Finch, co-chair of East Surrey Green Party, said, “We urge our MPs to vote against renewing Trident.

“Nuclear weapons are no answer to the real threats we face, which the government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review identified as climate change and cyber security, nor will they deter terrorists. Scrapping Trident would make the world a safer, more peaceful place.

“Spending billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money on Trident is pure madness, especially when painful austerity is being enforced. The government claims there is no money for hospitals, homes, schools and renewable energy – why spend billions on deadly nuclear weapons.”

Contact your MP

Opposition to Trident is growing both inside and outside Parliament. The two MPs in our area have opposing views:

Please contact your MP and tell him or her your views on nuclear weapons and whether Trident should be replaced.

If you’d like to tell them face to face, this Wednesday, 13 July, CND and other organisations are holding a mass lobby of MPs at the Houses of Parliament from 12 noon to 6pm – turn up at any point or stay for the afternoon.

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