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The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, on behalf of the undersigned, is reporting the UK government for breaching its obligations as a state party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

By signing and ratifying the NPT, which came into force in 1970, the UK committed to “pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament” (as per Article VI).  

Instead of taking the necessary steps towards getting rid of its nuclear weapons, the British government is not only replacing and upgrading its nuclear weapon system but deciding to widen the circumstances in which British nuclear weapons could be used and increase the number of nuclear warheads in the UK arsenal by over 40%. These policies are not compatible with the NPT commitment to “pursue negotiations” towards disarmament.  A legal opinion commissioned by CND shows that they are in clear breach of the NPT and International Humanitarian Law. 

As British citizens and residents, we request that NPT states parties in good standing raise concerns about breaches of the NPT and call on the UK and other states in breach of their NPT commitments to immediately halt all policies and activities that breach and undermine the Treaty.   

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