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UK court and US Senate against arms sale to Saudi Arabia

Christian Fernsby |
The UK government has stopped approving the sale of weapons that could be used in Yemen after it was ruled unlawful by judges.

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Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, said the government would challenge the Court of Appeal ruling but it had suspended new export licences for Saudi Arabia and its partners in the bloody war.

Addressing MPs in parliament, he said the government applied a “rigorous and robust multi-layered process” in line with UK and EU criteria.

The U.S. Senate backed two resolutions opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to complete weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries.

This is a rare rebuke of the White House by some of his fellow Republicans in Congress.

The vote was 53-45 for the first of 22 resolutions of disapproval the Senate was to consider related to Trump’s decision last month to sidestep the congressional review process and complete more than $8 billion in military deals with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.

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