Model MP/MSP Appeal

Skeleton letter for you to adjust and send to your elected representatives at Holyrood and Westminster. Use They Work for You website if you are not sure of the names. Please forward letter and replies to hello@nuclearban.scot

Dear MSP or MP (name)

I am writing to you as your constituent to ask you to attend the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review in New York this spring.

As a signatory to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Parliamentary Pledge, you will be aware of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), welcomed by the majority of the UN member states. ICAN’s contribution to it earned the movement a Nobel Peace Prize. Scottish MPs and our MSP’s can be accredited to attend through ICAN and its partner organisations.

The NPT has had a limiting effect on nuclear weapons proliferation but the nuclear-armed states, including the UK, have never fulfilled their obligations to negotiate disarmament, and they have opposed the TPNW from the outset. The NPT is reviewed every five years, with preparatory conferences between, so this year’s Review will be the first since the TPNW, which provides the legal route to disarmament, was adopted.

ICAN will be in attendance at the NPT Review. It is planning a special side event to highlight how the TPNW could contribute to the NPT. Additionally, off-record meetings can be arranged with civil society organisations, nuclear weapons victims, scientists and academics. There will be a social event around the same time where informal exchanges can take place.

Scottish MPs and MSPs can meet with, for instance, the diplomats from Ireland and Austria who worked so hard for nuclear disarmament. Ambassadors and parliamentarians can talk informally together at the UN, regardless of constitutional arrangements.

Scotland should not be represented by diplomats who claim that the UK has a mandate to modernise its nuclear weapons system. This is an important opportunity for the world to understand that the UK does not have a mandate over the small country where their nuclear weapons are kept.1

Add any additional comments about previous correspondence you may have had and thank your elected representative for any good recent work.

Yours in peace

1More info at SCND and nuclearban.scot website

The 2020 Review Conference , Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will take place from 27 April 2020 to 22 May 2020 in New York, United States. The first two weeks are likely to be the best time for input from parliamentarians.

Article VI Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty:

Each party “undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control”.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on 7 July 2017 by the United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, held in New York from 27 to 31 March and 15 June to 7 July 2017.

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