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Full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s May 12, 2017 speech at Chatham House on UK foreign/military policy

Published on The Spectator, May 12, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn leader of the UK Labour Party

… Labour is committed actively to pursue disarmament under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and we are committed to no first use of nuclear weapons. But let me make this absolutely clear. If elected prime minister, I will do everything necessary to protect the safety and security of our people and our country. That would be my first duty…

Labour is committed actively to pursue disarmament under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and we are committed to no first use of nuclear weapons. But let me make this absolutely clear.

I accept that military action, under international law and as a genuine last resort, is in some circumstances necessary…

Labour’s support for the renewal of the Trident submarine system does not preclude working for meaningful, multilateral steps to achieve reductions in nuclear arsenals….

There is no need whatever to weaken our opposition to Russia’s human rights abuses at home or abroad to understand the necessity of winding down tensions on the Russia-NATO border and supporting dialogue to reduce the risk of international conflict. We will back a new conference on security and cooperation in Europe and seek to defuse the crisis in Ukraine through implementation of the Minsk agreements…

We will continue to work with the EU on operational missions to promote and support global and regional security. This means our Armed Forces will have the necessary capabilities to fulfil the full range of obligations ensuring they are versatile and able to participate in rapid stabilisation, disaster relief, UN peacekeeping and conflict resolution activities…

Related:
Leaked draft of Labour 2017 manifesto – full text, The Spectator, May 11, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn snubbed shadow defence secretary over foreign policy speech, New Statesman, May 12, 2017

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