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Hastings Against War supports THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ARMS TRADE

Arms Exports from UK

It is not easy to establish where the arms used in conflicts have originated. However, the use of UK arms in conflict zones includes the use:

Stop the Arns Fair

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), is a major arms fair run every two years by the Defence and Security Organisation, part of the UK Department of Trade and Investment. A major arms fair was held at the ExCel Centre in East London in September 2019.
Supporters of Hastings against War helped to obstruct the delivery of military equipment in 2015, in 2017, and in 2019. Click here for an account of the 2019 arms fair.

The 2019 DSEI speaker list includes three from General Dynamics -
  • ScottBlanchard, Vice President, General Dynamics Mission Systems.
  • Carew Williams, Vice President, General Dynamics Land Systems.
  • Tom Triebwasser, "Solutions Architect", a specialist in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Protesters Not Guilty

Eight activists arrested for resisting DSEI in 2015 were found Not Guilty on the grounds that they were seeking to prevent a greater crime.

Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

In June 2018 the UK Court of Appeal ruled that the export of fighter jets, missiles and bombs made in the UK, for use in Yemen, was illegal.

This is not the end. The Government has not accepted the verdict and has been granted permission to take the case to the Supreme Court - at the taxpayers' expense. Meanwhile the Government's request for 'a stay', which would have allowed it to carry on with business as usual until any Appeal is heard, was denied. So previous decisions on arms sales must be reconsidered, ‘on a lawful basis’. Until this is done, it must also stop issuing new arms exports licences to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners for use in Yemen.

With 57 applications for export licences under consideration at the time of the ruling, it is likely that many hundreds of millions of pounds of arms sales remain on hold as a result of CAAT's legal action. The UK Government has licensed more than £6.2bn of weapons sales to the Saudi-led coalition in the first four years of the Yemen conflict. If the government had taken its decisions properly, as the Court has now ordered, then these licences would not have been granted. The government has already admitted further breaches of the Court's ruling.

Click here to monitor the manufacture of armaments in Hastings