BROWN ADMITS: I’LL BREAK LAW AND REPLACE TRIDENT
GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has condemned Gordon Brown after he
pledged to replace the UK’s aging nuclear deterrent – at a cost of up to £25
billion – and in breach of international law.
Dr Lucas, Green Party Principal Speaker and MEP for South-East England,
said: “Brown’s stated intention to replace Trident is a frank admission that
he fully intends to break international law, and subvert democracy by making
a decision first and pretending to hold a discussion later.
“It is reckless and irresponsible – and will not only costs billions and
create a legacy of further nuclear waste, it will deepen further the view
held in much of the world that the UK under a labour government has become a
‘rogue nation’ with little regard for international law.”
The Chancellor, who made his comments at his annual ‘Mansion House’ speech
to the City of London yesterday, has previously expressed opposition to
replacing Trident, describing doing so as ‘unacceptably expensive,
economically wasteful and militarily unsound’.
Dr Lucas, who is also co-president and founder of the European Parliament’s
cross-party Peace Initiatives Intergroup and a member of the Campaign for
Nuclear Disarmament’s national council, added: “Replacing Trident will,
according to lawyers, put the UK in breach of our international legal
commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). How on earth
can we expect to persuade Iran – and other states – to give up their nuclear
ambitions and respect the NPT when we refuse to do so ourselves.
“Brown is clearly trying to position himself in the same political
centre-right ground as Tony Blair – but his decision to spend billions on
new weapons of mass destruction puts him at odds with the majority of
Britons, who would rather see the money spent on, for example, poverty
alleviation, schools, hospitals and public transport.”