UK acknowledges it broke court order on sales to Saudi

18 September 2019

Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss has admitted that the UK government authorised "inadvertent breaches" of a June 2019 court order halting new export licences for military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Another licence regarding the export of radar components for onward use by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy is being revoked.

In a 20 June judgement, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK government failed to carry out the full extent of its legal obligations in the granting of licences to export military equipment to Saudi Arabia, in the broader context of the ongoing civil war in Yemen between government forces and Houthi rebels.

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