When the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the cities were obliterated. By 1950, over 340,000 people had died as a result and generations were poisoned by radiation.

Today 13,000 nuclear weapons still threaten our survival, even though the majority of people in the world and their governments support an international ban on their development and use. Climate change and the global pandemic Covid-19 are just two examples of the actual threats we face as an international community today. We should be focusing on working together to deal with these issues, rather than spending billions on weapons of mass destruction.

The UK

The UK government announced in March 2021 that it will increase the number of nuclear warheads in its arsenal for the first time since the Cold War. But we don’t want any more of them. In fact, we don’t want any.

We should not be spending billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction when investment is urgently needed in our NHS, education system and green jobs. It’s notable that the government’s priority isn’t to give nurses a well-deserved pay-rise, but to get more nuclear weapons.

It is being asked across Parliament and the media if this is even legal. The answer is a resounding No. As confirmed by a CND-commissioned legal opinion, increasing Britain’s nuclear arsenal breaches international law.

This development is hugely provocative on the global stage: the first step in a new nuclear arms race, one that can only end badly.