Where Scotland fits in

Scotland is a unique country in that it has the potential to disarm a nuclear armed state.

All of the UK nuclear weapons are primed for use from Scotland’s Faslane naval base which depends on the warhead store at the nearby Coulport site. No one has come up with a viable alternative site outside Scotland whose whole parliament and present government oppose nuclear weapons.

For Scotland to fulfil its potential in disarming a nuclear armed state, the Scottish Government must commit to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) publicly and specifically. The May election must deliver a clear majority for independence with an intention to accede to the TPNW . Accession to the Treaty can obviate any special negotiations for the removal of the UK weapons system.

The mainstream media in Scotland almost exclusively takes its cue from the Westminster status quo, with the exception of the National which strongly favours the SNP.

Scottish nuclear disarmament campaigners have been successful around the edges of this because we have a sympathetic audience within the counterculture and its associated media, where we mange to get some coverage but we have almost no other access to the wider public except through word of mouth and social media. We have experienced very hostile and/or dismissive reactions to the TPNW from BBC Scotland.

If we can insist that the Scottish Government make a clear and specific commitment to the TPNW now, (this is in line with their declared anti nuclear policy but could slip away from TPNW under pressure) it will ensure that they do not diminish their commitment under UK pressure later. This requires the electorate to have a much better understanding of the TPNW before they vote in May

Can our distinct legal system and the legislation afforded by Holyrood be utilised to seek a way to ratify the Treaty‚Äôs terms in Scots Law? Perhaps Scottish lawyers and politicians as well as police officers could all examine their consciences with regard their part in banning weapons that could so easily bring such unspeakable suffering and environmental degradation to the world. 

The TPNW enters into force on 22nd January. That is to say that because it now been 90 days since  50 UN member states came fully on board, it will become binding on all 50. So the 22 January is the sweet moment for a strong statement from the FM which would both gain from and contribute to global support for an independent Scotland that is a member state of the TPNW. We need to make that happen.