Wednesday, 10 April 2019 23:30



The SNP has slammed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for selling out on his opposition to nuclear weapons.

On a motion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the continuous at-sea deterrent, pushed to a vote by the SNP, Jeremy Corbyn failed to oppose the deterrent. The majority of Labour MPs voted with the Tories to back the weapons, while a majority of Scottish MPs voted against.

The SNP has consistently opposed the wasteful and dangerous renewal of Trident nuclear weapons, which could cost up to £200 billion over their lifetime as well as being afforded further funds on top of this at the last Budget. At Westminster, Labour and the Tories are officially in favour of the unjustifiable Trident programme.

Commenting, SNP Defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald MP said:

“Whether it’s a Tory or Labour government at Westminster, the UK refuses to accept that the majority of Scottish MPs do not want nuclear weapons. The only way to guarantee an end to nuclear weapons in Scottish waters is for Scotland to be an independent nation.

“Nuclear weapons are not only abhorrent on principle, but also an eye-watering waste of public money for something that we will not ever use, with the expectation of at least £200 billion being spent over the lifetime of the Trident programme.

“As a long-standing opponent of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Jeremy Corbyn has sold out his own principles by sitting on his hands and failing to walk through the voting lobby with the SNP to oppose this outdated and immoral vanity project.

“Once again, Westminster has proven it does not work in the interests of Scotland. Despite a majority of Scottish MPs voting against the motion today, our nation is still forced to house these dangerous weapons.”

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