Abolition 2000 endorses the opinions expressed by ICAN UK and the related analyses already submitted which propose that the UK cease to be a Nuclear Weapons State (NWS). The UK’s supposed ‘independent’ deterrent can play no effective role in defence of the UK in the foreseeable future. Eventual abandonment of the nuclear option is necessary and inevitable. But we recognise that immediate unilateral disarmament by the UK may not be politically possible. Efforts should therefore be made to take partial steps to reduce the weaponry without any technical modernisation. We must also diminish the threat implied by thesupporting policy as well as the cost.
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