A new treaty will ban nuclear weapons
By Gaynor Lloyd
Waking unreasonably early this morning, having forgotten the clocks go back an hour, I was struggling to greet the day with cheer. Then I heard the news headlines: the 50th state, Honduras, had just ratified a treaty. To ban nuclear weapons.
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) opened for signature three years ago. It’s a treaty that will make nuclear weapons illegal in the countries that sign it. The treaty needed 50 countries to ratify it before it before it could come into force – and overnight that milestone was reached.
CND general Secretary Kate Hudson noted: “This is a sea change in international law; never before have nuclear weapons been illegal.”
The treaty will come into force on January 22nd 2021. Shamefully the UK government refused to even participate in the…
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