Green MEP challenge South West MPs – back a ban on nuclear weapons

Molly has thrown down a challenge to the region’s sitting MPs to back a ban on nuclear weapons. The challenge comes after none of the regions MPs backed an Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Green Party Co-Leader, Caroline Lucas MP. 

The EDM calls for the Government “to develop and publish an appropriate transition plan so that the UK is prepared and ready to sign and ratify the [United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons] at the first opportunity.”

The EDM was submitted after the United Nations legally binding Treaty on prohibiting nuclear weapons was adopted on July 7th 2017 with the support of 122 nations. This resulted in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The UK did not sign the UN Treaty or participate in the negotiations.

Commenting, Molly said:

“We have seen the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. I would have hoped our local MPs would have jumped on this opportunity to push the UK’s hand in taking an active role in the UN process. Instead we have seen that when they have a chance to put their warm words into action we are met with silence.

“With rising tensions between North Korea and the Trump administration we need to unite around a strong position that looks to move the UK towards unilateral nuclear disarmament. It’s time our MPs in the region backed this EDM and started playing a leading role in shifting our government’s position. If we don’t act now we risk alienating ourselves from the majority of the world who are taking this process seriously.”