In May 2017, BASIC and the United Nations Association-UK published Meaningful Multilateralism: 30 Nuclear Disarmament Proposals for the Next UK Government. The report outlined three historic forms of British leadership in multilateral nuclear disarmament: diplomatic leadership, technical leadership and leadership by example. By reforming its nuclear declaratory policy, the UK has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership by example on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation without negatively impacting its established nuclear deterrent posture. This briefng offers a number of suggestions which involve strengthening negative security assurances to non-nuclear weapon states, committing never to use nuclear weapons rst, stating explicitly that their sole use is to deter nuclear use or blackmail and clarifying that they are a weapon of last resort. These measures, each of which could be considered independently, would reduce nuclear tensions and breathe life into efforts to promote multilateral nuclear disarmament.
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