MEP says Trident debate offers hope for South West

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, has welcomed today’s House of Commons debate on the replacement of Trident. Greens have joined forces with the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru to call for the £100 billion weapons system to be axed. In particular Dr Scott Cato is encouraged by news that the SNP is now calling for the total cancellation of the Trident programme, rather than just the removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish bases.

During the Scottish referendum campaign, it was suggested that the Ministry of Defence was looking at Falmouth as one of only a few sites in the UK able to accommodate nuclear warheads. Molly Scott Cato said:

“Today we see a coalition of peacemakers opposing this expensive and deadly nuclear deterrent, with some notable exceptions; namely Labour MPs who have said they will boycott the debate. However, I now feel reassured that any post-election deal between Labour, the SNP and other smaller parties, would make scrapping Trident a deal breaker. This will be vital if we are to prevent these hideous weapons being dumped on Falmouth or elsewhere in the South West.”

Today’s opposition day debate in the House of Commons will call for the cancellation of the renewal of the Trident weapons programme; both Labour and the Tories are committed to Trident. The opposition parties who have pushed for today’s debate say it offers a final opportunity before the election for MPs from all parties and all parts of the UK to make clear their position on the £100 billion Trident replacement.