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.’