This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
THE Court of Appeal will consider next week the legality of Britain’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is appealing to overturn a 2017 High Court judgement allowing the British government to continue to export arms to Saudi Arabia.
Representing CAAT, lawyers from Leigh Day will argue that the decision to grant the sales licences was against Britain’s arms exports policy.
The policy states that the government must deny such licences if there is a “clear risk” the arms “might” be used in “a serious violation of international humanitarian law.”
Britain has licensed £4.7 billion worth of arms sales to the Saudi regime since the bombing of Yemen began in 2015 where thousands of people have been killed and vital infrastructures have been destroyed.
CAAT’s Andrew Smith said: “Despite the atrocities it has inflicted, the Saudi regime has been able to depend on the uncritical political and military support of the UK government.
“Right now UK-made fighter jets are flying over Yemen and dropping UK-made bombs. We believe that these arms sales are immoral, and are confident that the Court of Appeal will agree that they are unlawful.”
The appeal will call on the Department of International Trade to suspend all current licences and stop issuing further licences while it holds a full review into the compatibility of the exports with British and EU legislation and will be heard from Monday April 9 until Thursday April 11.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.