Church of Scot­land con­demns rush to vote on Tri­dent


THE CHURCH of Scot­land has long ar­gued the UK should not pos­sess weapons of mass de­struc­tion, and con­demns the UK Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to vote on the re­newal of the Tri­dent nu­clear weapons sys­tem next week.

The con­vener of the Church and So­ci­ety Coun­cil, Rev Dr Richard Frazer has spo­ken out against the vote.

Rev Dr Richard Frazer said: ‘ The Church of Scot­land has con­sis­tently spo­ken out against nu­clear weapons for more than 30 years.

Next Mon­day, July 18, MPs will de­bate and vote on whether or not to re­new the four nu­clear sub­marines which con- sti­tute Bri­tain’s nu­clear de­ter­rent.

‘ This an­nounce­ment comes in the wake of the UK’s vote in favour of leav­ing the Euro­pean Union, it comes at a time when the op­po­si­tion are em­broiled in a lead­er­ship chal­lenge and it comes only days af­ter the ap­point­ment of a new Prime Min­is­ter.

‘At a time when we are re­bal­anc­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the rest of the world, we do not be­lieve this should be our first ac­tion.

‘ We are con­cerned the House of Com­mons is be­ing rushed into this de­ci­sion in un­due haste with lit­tle op­por­tu­nity for re­flec­tion or wider dis­cus­sion.’

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