Date set for court challenge to ban British arms sales to Saudi Arabia
A date has been set for a High Court court challenge that could halt British arms sales to Saudi Arabia – amid mounting accusations the country is committing war crimes
Saudi Arabia is conducting a military operation in Yemen and has been accused by UN bodies, human rights groups, and other NGOs of committing war crimes. Reports on the ground say it has bombed civilian targets including funerals, international hospitals, schools, and food factories.
The Government’s own arms export conditions say that licences should not be issued if there is a possibility they could be used to commit war crimes.
Ministers have however refused to consider suspending arms exports to the country – and sensationally claimed that Saudi Arabia is best-placed to investigate its own alleged atrocities. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly cleared itself of any significant wrongdoing when it has investigated its own military.
Full Independent article here.
Northern Ireland High Court rejects Brexit challenge
A challenge to the Prime Minister’s power to trigger Brexit negotiations has been dismissed at Belfast High Court.
A cross-party group of politicians had claimed the country should have a veto on an exit and said the Stormont Assembly should have a say on whether to trigger negotiations with Europe. The Brexit challengers said it would be unlawful to trigger Article 50 without Northern Irish consent and that leaving the EU would undermine the Good Friday agreement, the peace process and other fundamental rights.
But the High Court ruled against the challenge saying that it was not viable that NI could veto Brexit for the rest of the UK.
Full ITV article here.
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