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Chris Williamson: make parliament debate Nato withdrawal


The UK was a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 1949, which was established to address a perceived threat from the Soviet Union. 

However, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) dissolved in 1991, so NATO’s reason to exist disappeared. But rather than winding up its operations, and delivering the “peace dividend” that was promised by political leaders at the time, NATO expanded. 

An additional 14 Eastern European countries were admitted into membership, nearly doubling the number of NATO’s member states from 16 to 30.  This was despite an assurance given by James Baker, former US Secretary of State, to Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR, that NATO would not expand one inch beyond the borders of a reunified Germany.

In the years since 1991, NATO, which claims to be a defensive military alliance, has been directly engaged in a number of offensive military operations, including in the former Yugoslavia and Libya.  Most recently, NATO provoked, and is now prolonging Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine that began in February 2022.  The UK’s membership of NATO is therefore endangering rather than safeguarding its citizens.

NATO’s failure to press for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine could actually result in a wider conflagration and possibly World War Three.  The UK’s membership of NATO is endangering rather than safeguarding its citizens.  Accordingly, Parliament should vote to withdraw from NATO to ensure a more stable and safer future for the citizens of the United Kingdom.

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The rejection of the Russian Federation’s draft treaty prior to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine heightened tensions between NATO and Russia, when the opportunity should have been taken to lower them.  

The Russian Federation’s draft treaty would have required both parties to the Treaty to cooperate to deliver “undiminished security” and to “prevent dangerous military activities on and over the high seas”.

It included commitments to no further eastward expansion by NATO, and no US military bases in the states of the former USSR that are not members of NATO.  It also included guarantees from both parties to the Treaty to refrain from deploying armed forces and armaments in the areas which could be perceived as a threat.  Additionally, it would have required the Russian Federation and the US to refrain from deploying nuclear weapons outside their national territories.

Not only has NATO’s original reason to exist been removed, but it is now endangering world peace and creating the risk of potential nuclear annihilation by picking a fight with a nuclear armed country.  Nuclear scientists have set the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight, which is the closest to midnight it has ever been – even closer than it was during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.


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