Nikki: Renewing Trident would breach international law

There are many reasons why Trident should be scrapped in 2016. Renewing the nuclear weapons system would cost £100 billion, which is a huge amount of money to spend at a time when our public services are facing huge cuts. The money could be much better spent on education, the NHS and also on renewable energy. However the fact of the matter is that renewing Trident is breaching the UK’s international legal obligations to disarm British nuclear weapons. Using Trident in any circumstance would also breach the international law of armed conflict (International Humanitarian Law) as the use of indiscriminate weapons are illegal. Nuclear weapons are wholly destructive and should be scrapped.

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