Email Your MSP by 3pm Wednesday 20 March
The Scottish Parliament will debate and vote Wednesday on a resolution calling on the UK to Remove Trident from Scotland. (see text below). But the resolution does not go far enough. MSP Jean Urquhart has put forward an amendment supported by Margo MacDonald, John Finnie, Alison Johnstone and Patrick Harvie(see full text below) calling for the UK to disarm Trident, not replace it, and clearly opposing involvement in a nuclear armed NATO .
Emails can be sent to MSPs through writetothem.com . Contact details are also on the Parliament website Please be sure to ask your MSP to Support Motion S4M-05988.1: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, an Amendment to Motion S4M-05988 on Trident.
That the Parliament acknowledges the devastating humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons; endorses the Secretary-General of the United Nations’s five-point plan for nuclear disarmament; calls on the UK Government to acknowledge the opposition of the Scottish Parliament to nuclear weapons and to the presence of Trident in Scotland, and further calls on the UK Government to explore options for the removal of Trident ahead of the so-called main gate decision in 2016.
Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Margaret Burgess
Motion S4M-05988.1: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 19/03/2013
As an amendment to motion S4M-05988 in the name of Keith Brown (Trident), leave out from “and further” to end and insert “; considers membership of NATO to be a barrier to the removal of Trident, whether as part of the UK or as an independent Scotland; believes that membership of an alliance predicated on a nuclear first strike policy is as harmful to Scotland’s international reputation, and poses the same threat from external agents, as the presence of a nuclear deterrent in Scottish waters; notes that European countries such as Ireland, Finland and Sweden are not members of NATO and are still considered to be full, cooperative members of the international community; further calls on the UK Government to disarm Trident and not to replace it with any other nuclear weapons system, and commits to ensuring that, in the event of independence, Trident will not be permitted to operate from Scottish waters.”
Supported by: Margo MacDonald, John Finnie, Alison Johnstone, Patrick Harvie