Green MEP welcomes campaign for abolition of nuclear weapons Nobel Peace Prize

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, welcomes the news that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The Green MEP, a long-time campaigner against nuclear weapons and the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear submarine programme, was one of the signatories to the recent Parliamentarians For Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament letter calling on NATO to take urgent action to de-escalate the growing threat of nuclear aggression.

Responding to ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize award, Keith said:

“This is brilliant news and a welcome reminder of the widespread support for the international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. ICAN’s committed and dogged work on getting this treaty up and running is nothing short of groundbreaking – and needed now more than ever.”

“Today is both an important watershed moment and a moral victory for the campaign against nuclear weapons. The nations and leaders standing against this movement, like Britain and Theresa May, will not be judged kindly by history.”

“It is nothing short of outrageous that the Conservative government has been actively boycotting the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nuclear disarmament process. At the same time, Jeremy Corbyn’s backtracking on his support for nuclear disarmament is nothing short of spineless. We are becoming increasingly isolated in a world that is looking to rid itself of the threat of nuclear catastrophe once and for all.”