British PM refuses to end Saudi Arabia arms sales

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks as journalists take notes during the first Gulf Cooporative Council's (GCC) " GCC British Summit", in Sakhir Palace Bahrain, December 7, 2016. (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected a call for the UK to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Answering a question from the Scottish National Party’s Westminster group leader Angus Robertson parliament this week, May said the UK’s regime was “very strict.”

“As the right honorable gentleman knows we do have a very strict regime of export licenses in relation to weapons here in the United Kingdom, We exercise that very carefully and in recent years we have indeed refused export licenses in relations to arms including to Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” May said in remarks reported by the Independent.

She added that the intervention in Yemen is a UN-backed intervention.

"We do have a relationship with Saudi Arabia – the security of the Gulf is important to us. I would remind the RHG that the intelligence and counter-terrorism links we have with Saudi Arabia has saved potentially hundreds of lives here in the UK.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 13:59 - GMT 10:59