Britain is to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia after ministers ruled there was no pattern of deliberate breaches of international law involving UK-made weaponry in the conflict in Yemen.
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said a fresh analysis of alleged violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) involving Saudi air strikes had concluded any potential breaches were “isolated incidents”.
In a Commons written statement, she said the Saudis had a “genuine intent” to comply with IHL and that military exports could resume.
Ms Truss said analysis had been carried out on “all credible incidents of concern”.
While some had been assessed as “possible” violations of IHL, Ms Truss said the research had not revealed any “patterns, trends or systemic weaknesses”.
“I have assessed that there is not a clear risk that the export of arms and military equipment to Saudi Arabia might be used in the commission of a serious violation of IHL,” she said.
The decision was condemned as “morally bankrupt” by campaigners whose legal action forced the Government to halt arms sales to the Saudis in June 2019.
The then-international trade secretary Liam Fox announced the Government would not issue any new licences after the Court of Appeal ruled continuing sales would be unlawful.