Weapons of Mass Destruction not welcome in Wales

New report rules out Trident relocation to Milford Haven

Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas has welcomed the report published today by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) which has investigated the options and costs of relocating Trident nuclear weapons out of an independent Scotland.

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The report dismisses Milford Haven as an alternative to Faslane naval base for hosting nuclear missile submarines on the grounds of safety. The report states that “twenty-five per cent of the UK’s liquefied natural gas now passes through terminals in Milford Haven, ruling it out as a potential alternative on safety grounds.”

Two years ago the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM had the First Minister recalled to the Assembly Chamber to answer an Urgent Question following the First Minister’s warm welcome for weapons of mass destruction to Milford Haven.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas later published figures on levels of employment as a result of Trident and Milford Haven Waterway, highlighting that 1,109 jobs were dependent on Trident – dwarfed by the more than 5,000 jobs dependent on Milford Haven Waterway and its associated activities.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas, a former Chair of CND Cymru, said the RUSI report, and the pending NATO summit in Newport next month provide an ideal opportunity for Wales to say it rejects weapons of mass destruction in our society.

Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas said:

“The RUSI report is quite clear in saying that Milford Haven cannot house weapons of mass destruction due to 25 per cent of the UK’s liquefied natural gas passing through the terminal.

“This is the same point I and my Plaid Cymru colleagues raised with the First Minister two years ago when he gave a warm welcome for relocating Trident to west Wales. The poor judgement of the First Minister has been exposed by the publication of today’s report.

“In June 2012 I highlighted how just over one thousand jobs were reliant on Trident in comparison to more than five thousand jobs which are dependent on Milford Haven Waterway and its associated activities. In one fell swoop, the First Minister undermined confidence in existing industries at Milford Haven and his own government policies for economic development in the area.

“With today’s RUSI report, and as preparations conclude to welcome world leaders to the NATO summit next month, this is an ideal opportunity for we as a nation to say that Wales rejects weapons of mass destruction in our society.

“Plaid Cymru believes that the estimated £120bn pound it would cost for the renewal of Trident would be better spent on our public services and developing Wales’s infrastructure. We call on the Labour Welsh Government to join us.”

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