In June 2018 the UK
Court of Appeal ruled that the export of
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.