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REMOVING Trident from Scotland could “kick-start” global efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons, an SNP politician has argued.
Bill Kidd, who represents Glasgow Anniesland in the Scottish Parliament and has written for the Morning Star, spoke out at his party’s national conference as members overwhelmingly backed a resolution calling for Britain’s nuclear-armed submarines, based at Faslane on the Clyde, to be removed within three years of Scotland becoming independent.
He told the conference that this would “substantially advance international security for the entire world.”
Mr Kidd, who is a co-president of the international group of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, insisted that the ambition was “achievable.”
SNP members at the conference also voted by 528 to 14 for an independent Scotland to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Mr Kidd said: “All people in all nations will become safer for every weapon that is disarmed.
“We know there is no other suitable location in the UK for a nuclear base and it is highly likely this step will kick-start the international disarmament process.
“We should wear that knowledge with pride.”
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