The Guardian today reports that Britain will not attend an international conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, ministers will tell the Commons on Wednesday.
The decision will anger MPs across the political spectrum who say Britain should participate in the conference, due to be held in Mexico on Thursday.
“We should be there. I cannot understand why we are not [going]”, said James Arbuthnot, Conservative chairman of the Commons defence committee and a former defence minister.
Sir Nick Harvey, the Liberal Democrat MP and former armed forces minister, said the British refusal to attend the conference was a “disgrace”. He sharply attacked the government’s refusal to attend another conference last year in Oslo on the consequences of a nuclear conflict.