UK government refusing MPs a vote on Saudi arms sales

Published on Sep 15, 2016

The British government is reportedly refusing to give lawmakers the chance to vote on the controversial issue of arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

A government spokesperson has said London takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously. This, as a leaked draft report from the British Committee on Arms Export Control has recommended an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the US upper house is considering a ban on arms sales to the Kingdom. An American vote is expected after a bi-partisan effort in the Senate by both Republican and Democratic Lawmakers. Washington has sold huge quantities of weapons to the Saudi regime including cluster bombs which are banned internationally.

Ian Williams
Foreign Policy in Focus

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