MP launches campaign to keep Wales weapon-free
A SOUTH Wales MP is spearheading a campaign to ensure Wales remains nuclear weapon-free.
Carmarthen East and Dinfewr MP Jonathan Edwards has lent his support to a Parliamentary motion, known as an Early Day motion, rebuking the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones for suggesting the nuclear deterrent would be "more than welcome" in Wales if the Scottish Government wanted rid of it.
The motion, which has also been backed by his Plaid Cymru colleagues Elfyn Llwyd and Hywel Williams, was put down just hours after Mr Jones told the Senedd that if the SNP wanted to remove the fleet of nuclear submarines from Faslane on the west coast of Scotland it — and the jobs which went with it — would be welcomed in Milford Haven.
Mr Edwards said: "Has the Secretary of State given any thought to where Trident will be located following Scottish independence in 2014?
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"May I assure him that there will not be a welcome in the hillside if he is thinking about a Welsh port?"
In response, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the Government did not expect Scotland to vote in favour of independence.
But that has not stopped Plaid Cymru from stepping up the pressure on the First Minister by warning about the safety considerations of a nuclear fleet in close proximity to Milford Haven's liquefied natural gas terminals and oil refineries.
The motion states that the MPs do "not support the comments of the First Minister of Wales that there would be a welcome for housing the UK submarine fleet in Milford Haven".
It goes on to claim that the "number of potential jobs created would be far smaller than that suggested" and; expresses concern about the "safety considerations of a nuclear fleet in close proximity to Milford Haven.