The final implementation of the United Nations Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was signed on Friday, January 22 and celebrated by the Salisbury Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

But it deeply regrets the Government ‘turned its back on the rest of the world, not just by retaining a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons, but also enhancing them’, the campaign leaders said.

A statement said: “But for lockdown, the people of Salisbury would have been visually reminded of the significance of this day.”

“It notes that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and 30 of his colleagues wrote a letter to the press condemning the possession of nuclear weapons, and supported the new treaty.

Salisbury CND says it will audit world-wide progress of the treaty on the anniversary on this day in 2022.