Britain shouldn’t sell arms to the Saudis, no matter what promises they make

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Britain shouldn't sell arms to the Saudis, no matter what promises they make

Riccardo Labianco, SOAS, University of London

Since the catastrophic Yemeni civil war began in 2015, the British public has woken up to a serious problem: the use of UK-manufactured arms by Saudi Arabia. Various NGOs, campaigners and many MPs are increasingly worried about evidence that since the beginning of the conflict, Saudi Arabia has used UK-manufactured arms in ways that violate international law.

The British government, however, seems content to continue selling weapons to

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