The proposed upgrading of Trident is “contrary to the spirit of the UK’s obligation in international law and the ethical principles underpinning them”, the General Synod “suggested” on Monday, in a motion carried overwhelmingly by 206 votes to 38.
The final motion was an amended form of a less directly critical motion proposed by the Bishop of Salisbury, Dr Tom Butler. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that he would have liked a stronger motion. “I don’t believe that there is a case for a moral acceptability of nuclear weapons that I could with integrity accept.”
Robert Key, MP and a Synod member, told the Synod that there was absolutely no evidence that disarmament by the UK would have the slightest moral influence on other countries.
The strengthening amendment from Justin Brett was carried by a narrow margin of 165 to 149.