The next phase of the No Trident Replacement campaign
espite a massive rebellion within the Labour Party and the opposition of the majority ofBr
itish people, in March 2007, the British Parliament voted to replace the UK’s nuclear weapons systemTrident. Now, with the UK facing its biggest economic crisis in decades, there is less of a case than everfor wasting £76 billion on replacing Trident.
Not only is Trident expensive,
but also, according to some retired senior army figures, militarily useless.Trident will do nothing to meet the main security challenges we face today –terrorism and climate change. In fact, replacing Trident will actually make usless secure. By claiming we need nuclear weapons for our security,other countries are likely to reach the same conclusion. Inaddition, replacing Trident completely goes against our legalobligation, under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, todisarm our nuclear weapons.
The first decision point
in the replacement process(the Initial Gate) is due from the MoD in
while Parliament is on holiday. It seems the govern-ment is planning to make a decision alone. But this mustnot be subject to behind-the-scenes decision-making andmust be reviewed by Parliament.Over the next few months, CND will be stepping up itscampaign against Trident replacement. As part of thecampaign, we’ve produced a number of newresources, including a leaflet, postcard, posterand briefing. In addition, we’ve extended thedeadline of the No Trident Replacementpetition to
31st March 2010.
All items areavailable to order or download from the CNDwebsite at www.cnduk.org. We are alsoencouraging people to ask their MPs to sign EDM 660:Parliamentary Scrutiny of Trident Replacement.
Keep checking the CND website
for the latestnews on Trident or contact Sian Drinkwater by calling020 7700 2393 or by emailing email@example.com forfurther details about how you can get involved.
Times are hard –
don’t wasteour money on nuclear weapons
•Sign the letter on page 11 and return to the CND stall.•Contact your MP and urge them to sign EDM 660.