The SNP, Plaid and Greens hit out at Labour for continuing to support Trident
The Greens and SNP have criticised the Labour Party for its continued support for the Trident nuclear weapons system.
In a debate in Parliament yesterday, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said:
“Labour fully supports the UK’s continuous at-sea nuclear deterrent, and we are committed to the renewal of the nuclear submarines”
This echoes Labour’s pledge during the 2017 election manifesto.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a longstanding critic of Trident, was not present at the debate – which was called by the Scottish National Party.
The SNP’s Defence spokesperson said in a statement:
“Whether it’s a Tory or Labour government at Westminster, the UK refuses to accept that the majority of Scottish MPs do not want nuclear weapons.”
“The only way to guarantee an end to nuclear weapons in Scottish waters is for Scotland to be an independent nation.”
“Nuclear weapons are not only abhorrent on principle, but also an eye-watering waste of public money for something that we will not ever use, with the expectation of at least £200bn being spent over the lifetime of the Trident programme.”
“As a long-standing opponent of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Jeremy Corbyn has sold out his own principles by sitting on his hands and failing to walk through the voting lobby with the SNP to oppose this outdated and immoral vanity project.”
“Once again, Westminster has proven it does not work in the interests of Scotland. Despite a majority of Scottish MPs voting against the motion today, our nation is still forced to house these dangerous weapons.”
Twenty-eight SNP MPs voted against the motion to support Trident. So did four Plaid Cymru MPs and the Green Party’s sole MP.
They were out-voted by 192 Tories, 37 Labour MPs, eight DUP MPs and independents Lady Hermon, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and John Woocock.
Green MP Caroline Lucas told Left Foot Forward:
“It was deeply depressing to hear Labour’s shadow defence secretary, Nia Griffiths, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Britain’s so-called independent nuclear deterrent.”
“Because there is absolutely nothing to celebrate about the wasting, over five decades, of hundreds of billions of pounds on an unusable weapons system that is neither technically nor politically independent from the United States, and which deters absolutely no one.”
A 2016 poll showed that the public was split about 50/50 on whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system or not.
Joe Lo is a freelance journalist and a reporter for Left Foot Forward
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