First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and more than twenty MSPs today offered their support for the Scrap Trident demonstrators who will hold the largest protest in a decade at Faslane naval base on Sunday 30 November. 
Speaking in support of the demonstration First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged “the UK Government to listen to these messages, to cancel their plans for the renewal of their nuclear weapons programme and to withdraw Trident nuclear weapons at the earliest opportunity.”
SNP, Labour, Green and Independent MSPs stand with Scrap Trident Protesters at Scottish Parliament. Photo Credit: Ivon Bartholemew
The First Minister said: “My opposition to the possession of nuclear weapons and to the basing of Trident in Scotland is absolute and I offer my full support to the Scrap Trident Coalition. It is my goal, and the policy of the Scottish Government, to secure the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Scotland and to support the pursuit of global nuclear disarmament. The Scottish Parliament voted to reaffirm its support for these goals on 6th August 2014.
“I agree strongly with the message of this demonstration and I offer the Scottish Government’s support for a peaceful and lawful demonstration. Through such efforts, the public and civic society can demonstrate to the UK Government the democratic opposition that exists to the continued possession and threat of nuclear weapons.
“I urge the UK Government to listen to these messages, to cancel their plans for the renewal of their nuclear weapons programme and to withdraw Trident nuclear weapons at the earliest opportunity.”
Twenty MSPs from the Scottish Greens, Labour, Independents and the Scottish National Party, including Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, on behalf of the First Minister, Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens, and Neil Findlay MSP Scottish Labour Party stood with the Scrap Trident banner and activists at Scottish Parliament to show support for the Scrap Trident demonstration.
Patrick Harvie MSP (Scottish Greens) said: “Many people will share my deep disappointment that the referendum outcome has not allowed us to reject Trident in the way I would have liked. However, the anti-nuclear movement is one of longevity and determination, and the case in favour of Trident grows weaker all the time. We now have an opportunity in Scotland to make Trident one of the defining issues of the Westminster election.”
Green and Independent MSPs say Scrap Trident. Photo Credit: Ivon Bartholomew.
Neil Findlay MSP (Labour) said: “The UK should not renew Trident. The cost of renewal would be better spent creating jobs, enabling our public services to pay a living wage to employees and building houses for rent. Trident is both morally and economically wrong”.
Brian Larkin, Coordinator of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre and one of the Scrap Trident organisers said “In 2016 the next Westminster government will decide whether to replace Trident and continue to deploy nuclear weapons for the next 50 years. But now, for the first time in a generation, with the surge of political engagement in Scotland, it seems possible that the replacement will not go ahead. A raft of anti-Trident Scottish MPs could hold the key to a nuclear free UK and even a nuclear free world. These Scrap Trident demonstrations are intended to ensure that the question of Trident replacement is firmly on the agenda.”
Scrap Trident Activists with John Wilson MSP. Photo Credit Ivon Bartholomew
According to Scrap Trident Coalition organisers the “Trident Still Has to Go Now” demonstration signals the beginning of a new phase in popular opposition to Trident in Scotland. Organisers say they expect more than 800 people to attend the demonstration, which will be the largest demonstration at Faslane in a decade. The Scrap Trident coalition has already announced a further demonstration in Glasgow 28 March and a blockade of Faslane 13 April 2015.