CITY councillors have called for the UK Government to sign a treaty to scrap nuclear weapons.

The resolution was agreed by Oxford City Council on Monday at a full council meeting which backed the UK renouncing first use of nuclear weapons, ending the renewal of Trident and signing the International Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons.

It was proposed by John Tanner and seconded by Martyn Rush.

Nigel Day, representing Oxford’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, spoke to councillors before the motion.

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He said: “Trident warhead convoys regularly travel past Oxford on the A34, supporting the UK nuclear weapon system. We are that close to nuclear weapons.”

After the meeting Mr Tanner said: “I’m thrilled that Oxford is backing this treaty to begin scrapping these weapons of mass-destruction.

"If there was ever a nuclear war the world would be plunged into perpetual winter and the survivors would all starve to death."