SNP CND conference goes online.
On 13th and 20th August we held online debates called ‘Guantanamo on the Clyde?”.
The events were really interesting. Speakers were Isobel Lindsay, Scottish CND; Gail Lythgoe, International Law specialist; Martin Docherty-Hughes MP; and our Convener, Bill Ramsay. The panel were pleased by the good questions and we all thought the discussion was excellent.
These reading materials formed the basis of the discussion:
- SNP CND: “Nuclear Guantanamo on the Clyde?: the Plans to keep Trident on the Clyde in an Independent Scotland”
- Scottish CND: “Disarming Trident”
- Trevor Royal, UK Defence Journal: “Leasing Faslane could generate a billion pounds a year”
- Crawford and Marsh: “Defending an Independent Scotland post-Brexit”
You’ll find more references at the end of the SNP CND article.
We are suggesting a motion that we would like SNP branches to discuss and consider putting to the Party conference:
Baseline timescale for removing nuclear weapons from Scotland
· Conference notes the public endorsement of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, and support for the ratification of the Treaty by an independent Scotland.
· Consequently, and in line with the provisions of the TPNW, Conference pledges that a Trident removal timescale of 3 years from a Yes vote on Scottish Independence will be included the SNP manifesto for the election to the first sovereign Scottish Parliament.
If any SNP Branches (or other groups) want an online meeting we can help set that up and provide an SNP CND speaker. Do get in touch with me if you want to discuss it: email@example.com.
Our latest report: “Nuclear Guantanamo on the Clyde” is now available.
See SNP CND’s new YouTube channel. There are some insightful videos and lots of interesting interviews to come!
New report: Scotland’s Place in the World: An equitable and sustainable approach to the development of the foreign and defence policies of an independent Scotland
“… because of Scotland’s inherently stable geopolitical situation it will able to develop a progressive foreign policy based upon the paradigm of Human Security in which Scotland’s National Security concerns can be given their place, but within an overall Human Security context.”
Conference: A Roadmap for Trident Removal
28th September, Renfield St Stephens, Bath St, Glasgow. 10:00 – 16:30.
Conference registration opens on 16th August. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Confirmed speakers and discussion leaders: Bill Kidd MSP; Bill Ramsay, SNP CND; Dave Webb, CND UK; Isobel Lindsay, Scottish CND; Jean Anderson, SNP CND; Robin McAlpine, Commonweal; Ronnie Cowan MP.
Roadmap for Trident Removal discussion paper published
Read the full ROADMAP FOR TRIDENT REMOVAL article.
- The key technical steps as described in the Disarming Trident report by Scottish CND
- The looming redundancy of submarines as a platform for nuclear weapons
- The transformation of the international mood with the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- How it fits neatly into current SNP policy for Scotland’s future defence forces
- The need for an agreement with the remaining UK to safely dismantle the hulks at Rosyth and Devenport
- The credible nature of a distinctive Scottish, as opposed to British, defence diversification strategy
- Addressing for the first time the issue of the seven nuclear powered, but conventional tasked Astute Class hunter killer subs based at Faslane
- Looking at the prospect of NATO membership as a negotiating tool to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons, rather the binary in/out perspective
Read about the Scottish Affairs Committee 2013 investigation of the Disarming Trident timetable. John Ainslie: “What we are looking at is disarmament not just as an abstract concept, but as a real practical possibility and how it could be brought about.”
ROADMAP TO NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT ADOPTED AS SNP POLICY
The resolution as passed:
- Conference welcomes the continued support for nuclear disarmament and, with the impending inevitability of independence, we need to set out a clear timetable for removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil and waters.
- Conference believes that we need a practical description of the process and timescale to safely remove nuclear weapons at the very earliest opportunity on Scotland regaining our independence.
- Conference therefore agrees that we should develop a credible road map that has at its end point the removal of the Royal Navy’s nuclear armed and nuclear powered submarine fleets from Scottish soil and the repurposing of related support bases on Scottish soil.
- Conference calls on the Scottish Government to work with the STUC to undertake a diversification study that will set out the positive contribution the skilled workers of Faslane and Coulport can make to the Scottish Defence sector free of nuclear weapons.
This resolution was passed unanimously by the conference in Edinburgh on April 29th. The SNPCND committee will consult with SCND and will work with the SNP Policy Development Committees to ensure the Roadmap is progressed. SNPCND are arranging an event to include relevant experts in the coming months. The event will be publicised on our web sites and on social media.
A ROADMAP FOR TRIDENT REMOVAL
The proposed resolution
2. ROADMAP TO NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT
Conference welcomes the continued support for nuclear disarmament and, with the impending inevitability of independence, we need to set out a clear timetable for removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil and waters.
Conference believes that we need a practical description of the process and timescale to safely remove nuclear weapons at the very earliest opportunity on Scotland regaining our independence.
Conference therefore agrees that we should develop a credible road map that has at its end point the removal of the Royal Navy’s nuclear armed and nuclear powered submarine fleets from Scottish soil and the repurposing of related support bases on Scottish soil.
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A ROADMAP FOR TRIDENT REMOVAL
A proposal by SNPCND
Draft Resolution for SNP Conference April 2019
Conference recognises the need for a Trident Removal Roadmap in:
- developing the case for the reemergence of an independent Scottish state
- developing the case for nuclear disarmament both domestically and internationally
- developing a framework by which an independent Scottish state could fulfil its obligations when Scotland becomes a signatory to the 2017 Treaty On The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- developing SNP Defence and Foreign Policy.
To outline a credible narrative that has at its end point the removal of the Royal Navy’s nuclear armed and nuclear powered submarine fleets from Scottish soil and the closure of related support bases on Scottish soil.
To do that, pro-independence parties should have, as the central spine of their policies the removal of Trident from Scottish soil. That is, all of their policies, in particular their defence and foreign policies should be “stress tested” in the following terms: does a particular policy proposal make the removal of Trident more likely, less likely or is it neutral in that regard.
We will develop a roadmap of Trident removal built upon the dual foundations of peer reviewed work done by the late John Ainslie for Scottish CND, notably his Disarming Trident document and other appropriate research.
This would link to the obligations that would accrue to a re-established Scottish state when its Government decides to became a signatory to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Programme of Work
Identify what other relevant research exists. Take each of the steps for Trident removal outlined in John Ainslie’s work and, where required, flesh out further detail on the steps that need to be taken.
Outline the work that would be required to be done by a future Scottish Government, both technical and diplomatic, to ensure that Scotland is in a position to fully comply with the terms of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Scope out what is required to further develop the work. Then look to have that additional work commissioned with an aim of producing a Roadmap for Trident Removal document.
SNP CND will continue to campaign for a political environment in Scotland that increases the likelihood of the road map for Trident removal becoming possible.
We would promote the Roadmap amongst all Scotland’s political parties and the wider peace movement domestically and where the opportunity arises, internationally.
4th November 2018
SNPCND AGM and Conference
The Lesser Hall, Albert Halls, Stirling
10:00 – 11:00 AGM for SNP and CND members.
AGM 2018 agenda
SNP CND Treasurer’s Report 4th November 2018
Nominations for the Executive Committee are as follows:
Convener – Bill Ramsay
Treasurer – Ron Dickinson
Secretary – Jean Anderson
Committee members – Brian Quail, Drew Kyle
11:00 – 16:30 Conference
Ticket sales on Eventbrite, “Scotland After Trident: A Defence and Security Strategy for an Independent Scotland”
This one day conference will examine and debate the issues raised and the suggestions made in the Commonweal White Paper “A Defence and Security Strategy for an Independent Scotland”. You can read or download the paper from Commonspace.
Chairs: Isobel Lindsay and Jean Anderson
Douglas Chapman MP, the SNP Defence Procurement Spokesperson.
Garry MacDonald, analyst and the author of the Commonweal White paper.
Robin McAlpine, Director of Commonweal.
Lt. Col. Stuart Crawford, former army officer and Scottish military affairs commentator.
Bill Ramsay, Convenor of SNPCND.
ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was presented to ICAN at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December in recognition of our work “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and our “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.
This means that if you are a member of Scottish CND then you are a Nobel Peace Prize winner! Scottish CND is a part of ICAN. The Prize has brought a lot of much needed media coverage and attention from members of the public and governments.
The Scottish National Party Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Annual General Meeting will take place in the Renfield St Stephens Centre, 260 Bath St., Glasgow G2 4JP, at 13:00, on the 29th October, 2017
The formal business of the AGM will be followed by a talk by the SNP Spokesperson for Defence in Westminster, Stewart McDonald MP for Glasgow South. There will then be a general debate on the role of the anti-nuclear movement in the next independence referendum.
Nominations for the executive committee should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 8th October 2017. Nominations should be seconded by another member of SNPCND.
Resolutions and agenda items should be sent to email@example.com by the 8th October 2017.
The agenda, the minutes of the last AGM and a copy of our constitution will be sent to you soon.
“Two Men and a Bomb” conference and debate on the current nuclear arms situation between the USA and North Korea.
13:00, Sunday 10th September, 2017 in CCA Sauchiehall Street.
Tickets from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-men-and-a-bomb-tickets-37157020649#
Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear Weapons
“On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it. At the time of writing (April 2018) 54 nations have signed and 7 have ratified the Treaty as part of their law.
- The full text of the Treaty http://www.icanw.org/treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
- Status of signature/ratification http://www.icanw.org/status-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/
- Government position http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions/
- Photographs of the negotiations http://www.icanw.org/photos-of-the-negotiations/
Prior to the treaty’s adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive ban, despite their catastrophic, widespread and persistent humanitarian and environmental consequences. The new agreement fills a significant gap in international law.
It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.
A nation that possesses nuclear weapons may join the treaty, so long as it agrees to destroy them in accordance with a legally binding, time-bound plan. Similarly, a nation that hosts another nation’s nuclear weapons on its territory may join, so long as it agrees to remove them by a specified deadline.
Nations are obliged to provide assistance to all victims of the use and testing of nuclear weapons and to take measures for the remediation of contaminated environments. The preamble acknowledges the harm suffered as a result of nuclear weapons, including the disproportionate impact on women and girls, and on indigenous peoples around the world.
The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March, June and July 2017, with the participation of more than 135 nations, as well as members of civil society. It opened for signature on 20 September 2017. It is permanent in nature, and will be legally binding on those nations that join it.”
(Text from ICAN http://www.icanw.org/)
The local elections are on 4th May, 2017.
Read the SNP Manifesto at https://snpforglasgow.scot/manifesto
We are happy to endorse the SCND Statement on a second independence referendum.
“Scottish CND welcomes the First Minister’s move to hold a second independence referendum. Brexit is a clear example of the Prime Minister’s disregard for the democratically expressed opinions of the Scottish people, as is the UK Government’s decision to boycott negotiations for an United Nations Nuclear Weapons Global Ban Treaty. The conference is starting in two weeks in New York , and instead of participating, the UK. Government chooses to go ahead with the modernisation of nuclear weapons which are all based in Scotland against the will of our democratically elected representatives at both Holyrood and Westminster. We look forward to working for a free and independent Scotland and the end of UK nuclear weapons based here – or anywhere.”
A Japanese survivor of the atomic bombing and a second generation sufferer are visiting Scotland. Read their stories here.
SNP Conference, March 2017
The SNPCND Festival team ran a very successful and busy stall at the conference on the 17th and 18th of March in Aberdeen.
The new black t-shirts with our logo drew lots of admiring comments. But the best of the days work was the many interesting conversations we had with such a variety of people.
John Ainslie, 1954 – 2016, RIP
SNPCND 2016 Annual General Meeting
Saturday the 5th November, 10:30am to 1pm.
It will take place in the Albert Hall, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling. Doors open at 10am.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied at the 11:30 break.
For directions see: http://my.stirling.gov.uk/events/location/4
The formal business of reports and elections to the executive committee will be in the first hour. Resolutions and nominations for the committee should be sent to the Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the 15th October. Nominations should be from two members and the person nominated should indicate their acceptance of the nomination.
Nominations are now closed. The current executive officers have all been nominated and are elected unopposed as there are no other nominations for the posts. There has been no nomination for Vice Chair and nominations will be sought from the floor.
There have been 10 nominations for 6 ordinary committee members so there will be elections at the AGM. Statements from members standing for election.
There will be two talks:
Brendan O’Hara MP for Argyll and Bute on “The Military Case Against Trident”, and Bill Kidd MSP for Glasgow Anniesland on “The UN Nuclear Ban Weapons Ban Treaty”.
There will then be questions and debate.
The event will close at 1pm.
Everyone who is a member of both SNP and Scottish CND is encouraged to attend.
Remember to bring your SNP membership card.
Updated 1-11-2016 11:11
Saturday 3rd September
Foreign Policy and Defence (a conference for SNP members)
On Saturday 3rd September SNPCND held a conference to discuss:
- Scotland’s future relationship with other countries,
- what our foreign policies should be,
- what our defence strategies should be,
- what ‘independence in Europe’ means to us.
Speakers: Mhairi Black MP, member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and member of the Westminster Work and Pensions Committee; Stephen Gethins MP, member for North East Fife, Shadow SNP Spokesperson on Europe and member of the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee; Patrick Grady MP, member for Glasgow North and SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and part of the Foreign Affairs team; Kirsten Oswald MP, member for East Renfrewshire, SNP Spokesperson for Armed Forces and Veterans and member of the Westminster SNP Defence team.
The conference is open to all SNP members. Please bring your SNP membership card.