There has been a written question to the Defence Secretary as a follow up to Patrica Gibson’s question in the house last week. Apparently there are different kinds of multilateral disarmament and we’ve picked the wrong one!
Nuclear Weapons: Written question
Asked by Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral Answer of 10 July 2017, Official Report, column 23, to the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran, for what reasons it is Government policy that the nuclear ban treaty should not apply to the UK.
Answered by: Sir Michael Fallon
The UK will never sign, ratify or become party to the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. We do not believe that it will bring us closer to a world without nuclear weapons as it fails to address the key issues that must first be overcome to achieve lasting global nuclear disarmament. We consider that the best way to achieve a world without nuclear weapons is through gradual multilateral disarmament negotiated using a step-by-step approach within existing international frameworks. The UK continues to work towards global nuclear disarmament through the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty