Ritchie submits motion against nuclear weapons

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Monday, November 23rd, 2015
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has submitted an Early Day motion calling for an end to UK investments in nuclear weapon production and for the British Government to ‘stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons’. Margaret RitchieShe said, “This motion reflects the longstanding global outrage at the continued existence and continued production of nuclear weapons. At this very moment the Government intend to sink over £20 billion into renewing Trident while in the same breath jeopardise the public by continuing an agenda of merciless public sector cuts. “The ability to implement Mutually Assured Destruction is no deterrent, it is no defence. There are no circumstances under which such a course of action could or would be justified and so the continued retention of a nuclear arsenal is an indulgence of vanity, one that we cannot financially or morally afford. “We must therefore be steadfast and assertive in our continued opposition to what amounts to a costly and potentially catastrophic status symbol. Ritchie added, “We call on UK businesses to discontinue their immoral investment in the production of nuclear arms while also calling on the Government to live up to its legal obligations as a depositary of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty by stigmatizing, prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons including their own.”
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