The SNP MSP will take place at the international conference on anti-nuclear weapons

SCOTLAND will sit at a table of parliamentarians from around the world as states renew their pledges to abandon nuclear weapons.

Among the diplomats and parliamentarians heading to Vienna for the First Meeting of States Parties (FMSP) to discuss the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is SNP MSP Bill Kidd.

And ahead of the conference, Kidd sat down with Canadian Senator Marilou MacPhedran on Monday to discuss the event.

Kidd said: “Senator McPhedran and I look forward to strengthening the joint efforts of Scottish Canadians for nuclear disarmament and we will be proactively participating in the first meeting of the MSP at the United Nations in Vienna next week. We intend to amplify the voices of the majority of Scots and Canadians who strongly oppose nuclear weapons.”

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The treaty was adopted by an overwhelming vote at the UN in 2017 and received the support of Nicola Sturgeon when she signed the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) parliamentary pledge to support the OK.

Around 70% of Scottish parliamentarians have signed the ICAN pledge, although the UK government chose to abstain from all TPNW deliberations in 2017.

In light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Scotland’s stance on nuclear weapons and the positioning of the UK’s nuclear submarine base at Faslane have been brought back to light, but the war n hasn’t changed the SNP’s stance on ridding Scotland of the arsenal.

Janet Fenton, ICAN Scottish Liaison, said: “The FMSP is the first opportunity for countries that have already banned all nuclear weapons activity to come together and solidify the plan for a world without nuclear weapons, under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.

“It will be a wonderful day when an independent Scotland, simply by adhering to this treaty, can be protected from participating in an incredibly dangerous game for everyone involved.”

Angela C. Hale