CLYDEBANK and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson has condemned the UK Government’s plans to renew its nuclear weapons programme.
The vote for renewal is due to go ahead at the House of Commons on Monday July 18.
Mr Paterson has always held a principled stance against nuclear weapons.
He said: “It is estimated £200 billion would be spent on the new Trident missile system over its lifetime – this is funding that should be going into our vital frontline services.
“The obsession with nuclear weapons in the United Kingdom is thankfully not shared in Scotland – the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the notion of renewing Trident.
“It’s a crying shame the people of my constituency and the whole of Scotland will be pulled out of the EU by the UK against their will, and now they look to have nuclear weapons forced upon them as well.
“The fact the UK is even voting to renew this deadly weapons programme goes to show the vast differences between the union and a progressive and forward-looking Scotland."