On 26 January, Action on Armed Violence released a report claiming that the UK has approved exports of military goods to 80% of the countries on its own embargoed, sanctioned or trade restricted list in just over 5 years. The UK lists 73 destinations as being subject to arms embargoes and other restrictions, 58 have had approval to receive goods that fall under ‘military use exports’ between January 2015 and June 2020. More than 4,800 licences have been approved in that time, worth some £2.6 billion of military-use exports to the 58 countries. A majority (69%) of these licences were for the exportation of high-value items such as aircraft, helicopters and drones – but also £300 million-plus worth of approved sales of small arms, explosives and crowd control equipment, going to dozens of nations on the embargoed and restricted list.
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