Today a joint motion for a resolution co-authored by South West Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato was carried by the European Parliament
The resolution calls on all the governments of the EU to vote in favour of a UN General Assembly resolution to work on a new treaty banning all nuclear weapons.
The resolution also included calls to establish a nuclear free zone in Europe, to continue working on the conference leading to a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and on the withdrawal of all tactical nuclear weapons from Europe.
After the vote Dr Scott Cato (left) said: “Today’s vote is a historic victory for global peace. As Europe is threatened by the forces of right-wing nationalism and extremism, today’s vote sends out a clear message that we are still leading the way in terms of peace and security.” She continued: “In the wake of our decision to leave the EU we have to ask ourselves ‘What is our place in the world?’ I feel very strongly that our place is alongside our allies as part of a peaceful and prosperous Europe.
“In this context the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system is not only in breach of our commitments under the Non Proliferation Treaty but is also inappropriate, anachronistic, and misguided”.
She has responded to the support for nuclear weapons manufacture and maintenance as a job creator, by commissioning a report into the Devonport Dockyard which makes clear that, for far less public funding, socially productive employment could be used to replace Trident-related jobs.
It replaces the motions on nuclear security and non-proliferation by the following groups:
27 October 2016