We must secure a peaceful and just world future through common security,
not mutual threat. We must end exploitation between nations and agree
a fair distribution of resources.
As a colonial power, Britain sowed the seeds of many of today's conflicts.
We must use our wealth and influence to help resolve them. We must also
reform the institutions that make them worse. We should lead by example,
not force, to a fairer global future, free of debt, poverty and weapons
of mass destruction.
Defending the peace
Britain's defence policy undermines global security. By decommissioning
our weapons of mass destruction, ending the arms trade and adopting a
genuinely defensive policy we would boost global security, and free in
excess of £10bn annually. This could be used to kick-start job-rich ecological
industries to replace the defence industry.
Beating the arms race
Britain should immediately decommission her nuclear weapons and rule
out future use of chemical, biological or environmental weapons, including
depleted uranium shells. We should use our ex-nuclear status to promote
nuclear disarmament. Britain should oppose the US National Missile Defence
System, which threatens a new arms race.
We should offer aid, diplomacy and appropriate technology to address
the environmental problems and internal conflicts that increasingly threaten
global security. In exceptional circumstances, if internationally agreed
criteria are met, military intervention should be undertaken by a UN peace-keeping
force, to which Britain should contribute.
The UN Security Council should be reformed to reflect global interests.
There should be no vetoes or permanent members. NATO is a destabilising
relic of the cold war and should be disbanded. Meanwhile Britain should
withdraw and become neutral. US bases should be closed or used to train
UN peace-keeping forces.
European security should be addressed by the Organisation for Security
and Co-operation in Europe, which works by consensus and constructive
intervention. The EU should not adopt a military role, such as the Common
Foreign and Security Policy or the Rapid Reaction Force.
Britain's forces should be defensive, using coastal and anti-aircraft
defences, interceptor aircraft, land forces sufficient to meet any risk
of invasion, and short range coastal defence vessels. An ability to mount
offensive counter attacks would be retained.
Ending the arms trade
Subsidies of arms exports (around £500 million a year) should be stopped.
The Defence Export Services Organisation should be closed and export credits
for military goods ended. Exports of military equipment should not be
licensed if they might abuse human rights, increase conflict or undermine
sustainable development. The end use of any exported military equipment
must be monitored and the defence industry helped to convert to useful
For too long, British foreign policy has promoted narrow self-interest.
Instead we should build global security by helping people around the world
achieve self-determination within sustainable societies.
We must play our part in building a better world based on peaceful
coexistence and mutual respect. There are many barriers to overcome -
debt, poverty, and conflict - but Britain should take a strong lead and
encourage other nations to join us.
Drop the debt
Britain must write off the bilateral debts of the 40 poorest nations
and encourage banks and other countries to do likewise. Debtor states
should restrict debt servicing to 10% of their annual export earnings
and spread payments over longer periods at fixed interest rates. UN-classified
'middle income' states should make payments in their own currency.
Creative reimbursement schemes should be established to fund conserva-tion
and development projects from debt repayments.
The Aid budget should be increased to 0.7% of GDP within 5 years and
1.0% within a decade. It should be used to eradicate poverty and establish
greater self-reliance. Projects should be planned and led by the local
community and should promote basic health care, education, family planning
and self-sufficiency in food and energy. Tied aid and damaging large-scale
projects, such as dams and nuclear power stations, should be stopped.
The IMF and World Bank should priori-tise conflict prevention, the eradication
of poverty and disease, environmental sustainability and the transfer
appropriate technologies to the least developed countries. They should
run on the principle of one-member-one-vote and be accountable to people
in developing countries.
Support should be increased for landmine victims and de-mining. The government
must abide by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocol
on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, and encourage others
to do likewise. The daily bombing of Iraq should be halted immediately
and the sanctions lifted.
Asylum and migration
Britain benefits greatly from the diversity that immigration brings
and we strongly support the right to asylum for those who fear persecution.
Many who migrate are forced to do so by deteriorating economic, political
or environmental conditions. Our policies aim to tackle these problems
and ensure that the UK's immigration system operates without racism, fairly
The UK must meet its international obligations under the 1951 Refugee
Convention. The voucher scheme for asylum seekers should be abolished
and replaced with cash payments. Asylum seekers should not be detained.
Asylum applications must be speeded up and the dispersal system abandoned.
Councils should receive greater government assistance to help settle refugees
and asylum seekers.
Immigration controls should be progressively reduced as common security
increases. Because EU member states have different obliga-tions to their
former colonies, a common EU asylum and migration policy is inappropriate.
The Schengen agreement must not be used to construct a racist 'fortress
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