Britain's Quakers have said that they will work alongside other opponents of Trident nuclear weapons, even if they do not share the Quakers' commitment to peace. But they insisted that they would not compromise on their principles.
Their comments follow growing criticism of Trident from commentators who fear that the cost of Trident renewal will reduce other areas of military spending. In contrast, the Quakers' opposition to Trident springs from their historic commitment to pacifism.
Quakers, have maintained a stand against war since their beginnings in mid-seventeenth century. In 1661, they declared that the “spirit of Christ which leads us into all Truth will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons”.
The Quaker peace testimony is one of a number of “testimonies”, through which Quakers witness to their experience of God through their behaviour in the world.