Trident Must Be Destroyed, Not Given to Westminster

Murray, Craig
Pub Date: 
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 16:22

There appears to be a presumption that upon Scottish Independence, the Trident submarine fleet and its incredibly destructive WMD&;s must simply be handed over to Westminster by Holyrood. That is wrong in international law; if the weapons remain on the territory of Scotland, a sovereign state, it will be for the Scottish Government to dispose of them as it chooses.

The principle is well-established and there is a directly relevant and recent precedent in the nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the highly mobile tactical nuclear weapons were swiftly taken back to Russia but the Trident comparators, the strategic nuclear weapons with their silos and the Tupolev strategic bomber fleet and its weapons, were destroyed, many inside Ukraine itself, following the between the US, UK, Russia and Ukraine and separate bilateral agreements between Ukraine and France, and Ukraine and China.