Manchester City Council has become the first UK authority to pass a motion in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, following a new initiative by Nuclear Free Local Authorities and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
The decision was taken unanimously at Council on Wednesday 28 November calls on the government to cancel the plan for Trident replacement, which is set to cost around £205billion. The motion also calls on the government to support the Treaty, which is set to come into force next year after being agreed by more than 120 states at the United Nations.
So far the UK, along with the other nuclear-armed states, has boycotted all processes around the Treaty and has said that it has no intention of signing. Other political parties has been more supportive and pledged to sign the Treaty.
Christian CND is a proud partner of ICAN, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2017 for working towards the Treaty. We are thankful to God for the motion that Manchester City Council has passed and pray that many more authorities will do the same in the coming weeks and months.