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UK News Nicola Sturgeon confirms she would not use nuclear weapons

17:05  21 november  2019
17:05  21 november  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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The First Minister has confirmed she would not use "immoral" nuclear weapons in a rebuke to Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.

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Speaking during First Minister's Questions on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon rejected the idea of using the nuclear deterrent, saying it had the potential to kill "millions or even tens of millions" of people.

In response to a question from SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth, which mentioned Ms Swinson by name, the First Minister was unequivocal in her response.

Ms Gilruth described the answer given by Ms Swinson following the ITV leaders' debate - that she would use nuclear weapons - as "disgraceful".

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She tweeted: "It’s sickening to hear this question asked and answered as if it’s some kind of virility test and without any context. Using nuclear weapons would mean killing millions of people. Those consequences should be made clear." Ms Sturgeon also added that her own answer to the question

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The Liberal Democrat leader has been criticised for her response, including by the First Minister.

Ms Sturgeon said: "No I wouldn't. I oppose nuclear weapons.

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"Whenever that question is asked, it should be pointed out that anybody who used nuclear weapons would be doing something that would potentially lead to the deaths of millions, perhaps tens of millions of people.

"I think nuclear weapons are immoral, I think they're ineffective and I think they're a waste of money.

"I would not countenance their use and I look forward to the day where not just Scotland is free of nuclear weapons, but the world is free of nuclear weapons."

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Nicola Sturgeon has condemned Jo Swinson after the Liberal Democrat leader said without hesitation that she would authorise the use of nuclear weapons . Ms Swinson was asked the question last night and she immediately replied with a simple 'yes'. The swift nature of her reply prompted anger from Ms

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The First Minister had previously tweeted her disapproval at Ms Swinson's position, describing the exchange as "sickening".

During a round of interviews with leaders not included in the main ITV debate on Tuesday, Ms Swinson was asked a series of "quick-fire" questions, including about whether she would use a nuclear weapon or not.

She decisively answered: "Yes."

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Ms Sturgeon and her party have repeatedly voiced their opposition to nuclear weapons, including pledging in the 2014 White Paper to remove the Trident deterrent system from Scotland in the first Holyrood term following an independence vote.

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