UK stops issuing export licences for military goods that may be used in Yemen conflict

The UK’s Export Control Joint Unit has issued a notice to exporters informing them that, following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Secretary of State for International Trade (see previous blog), it will not be granting any new open general export licences (OGELs) for certain military exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, or Egypt that might be used in the conflict in Yemen.

The notice says exporters that registered for any of the 6 relevant OGELs before 20 June 2019 may continue to use them to export to the countries listed above, subject to the terms and conditions of the licences, and that arrangements are now in place for future registrations for other destinations permitted by these OGELs. 6 new versions of these open licences have now been published to allow for new registrations, which do not permit exports to Saudi Arabia and its “coalition partners”.

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