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STAR WARS AND TRIDENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1351: tabled on 05 June 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House congratulates thousands of the supporters of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the peace movement for their participation in the current 'No Star Wars Tour', which is taking them to Faslane Naval base, Fylingdales ballistic missile early warning radar, Lakenheath US nuclear weapons store, Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment and to the United States of America Embassy; notes that these places are directly connected to United Kingdom and United States of America nuclear weapons, which are the most awful weapons of mass destruction; is concerned that Star Wars Missile Defence is one major part of the US vision of complete military dominance over land, sea, air and space; regrets that the United Kingdom has granted permission for the United States of America to use Fylingdales as an integral part of its Missile Defence system; further regrets that the system will allow United States and United Kingdom forces to fire pre-emptive nuclear strikes against targets, and defend against limited retaliation; fears that this will promote nuclear proliferation and endanger world peace and security; regrets that each of the Untied Kingdom's four Trident nuclear weapons systems can fire up to 48 nuclear warheads with the total destructive power equal to 1,400 Hiroshimas; agrees with the July 1996 opinion by the International Court of Justice that 'the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, and in particular the principles and rules of humanitarian law'; and therefore calls on Her Majesty's Government not only to honour its commitments under the 2000 NPT agreements, but also to heed the will of the people and de-commission Trident, thus releasing the ú1.5 billion which is spent every year sustaining the Trident to rejuvenate our crumbling social infrastructures.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.