- Updated briefing paper – The UK and the nuclear ban treaty September 2017
As the nuclear ban treaty has opened for signature, We have updated our briefing paper examining which aspects of the UK's nuclear weapons programme would be affected if the UK were to sign the ban treaty.
This updated briefing considers the major prohibitions in the treaty: possession, development and stockpiling; use and threat of use, international movement of nuclear weapons; testing; and assisting others with prohibited activities. It also considers the provisions for providing help to people affected by the legacy of nuclear weapons use and testing. Using the UK as a case study, the briefing paper explores the scope of the treaty and discusses the disarmament and verification measures in the treaty before concluding with an overview of what disarmament for the UK would look like under the provisions of the ban treaty.
This briefing updates an earlier version which was released at the end of the negotiations in July and was based on a draft text rather than the final agreed version.
The treaty opened for signature on 20th September and 50 states signed it within eight hours. View and download the updated briefing.