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22 November 2017
By Steve Sweeney in Britain:
Tories under fire as Damian Green
Thursday 30th November 2017
PM’s number two squirms under questioning as May fawns on Gulf tyrants
Theresa May’s deputy told the Commons that British jobs would be at risk if weapons sales to the Saudis stopped because of concerns over war crimes committed during the three-year bombing campaign.
Mr Green was standing in at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday as she flew into the Middle East for a three-day trip to drum up business for trade.
“Yemen is now on the brink of famine and Unicef has said that 150,000 children will die by the end of this year.
However, Mr Green told MPs it would be a mistake for the government to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite a reported 10,000 deaths and millions affected by a cholera epidemic, as it might put jobs at risk.
Former defence secretary Michael Fallon caused a stir last month when he suggested MPs should stop criticising Saudi Arabia over human rights abuses and possible war crimes as it was hindering the sale of British-made fighter jets.
And anti-war campaigners failed in their High Court bid to bring a judicial review earlier this year pausing arms sales, despite the government being advised by three influential Commons committees to do so pending investigations.
But continuing the sale of weapons to Riyadh is the right thing to do for Britain’s prosperity, according to Mr Green.
The PM is under pressure to raise the issue of child executions by the Saudi state during her visit to discuss post-Brexit trade deals.
Reprieve spokeswoman Maya Foya said: “Many more face imminent execution for attending protests calling for greater democratic rights, some when they were only children. They were sentenced to death in courts that relied on confessions gained through torture.”
While Ms May’s plans to raise the issue of a Saudi-imposed blockade on aid reaching the Yemeni people was welcomed, she was urged to stop selling weapons that contribute to their suffering.
He told the Star: “Theresa May is right to raise the issue of the devastating blockade, but the best thing she can do for the people of Yemen is to end the arms sales.
“How many more will die before May and her colleagues finally stop putting arms company profits ahead of Yemeni lives?”
MPs will debate the ongoing crisis in Yemen today in an emergency debate tomorrow after Tory MP Andrew Mitchell warned of a catastrophe of “biblical proportions.”
He said current policy will result in a “huge strategic failure” for Saudi Arabia with Britain “dangerously complicit” in the unfolding famine in Yemen.
MPs criticised for failing to turn up to debate on humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Only about 30 MPs showed up for emergency debate on ‘almighty catastrophe’ taking place: here.