In a world that is becoming increasingly more volatile there has never been a greater need for the UK government to adopt a principled, precautionary and risk-based approach towards Arms Export Controls. Speaking on the subject in a House of Commons debate, I urged the government to rethink its current policy to arms exports to reflect the enormous change we are witnessing in those parts of the world affected by conflict.
Progress has been made over the last few years particularly with the recent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty. But the government’s handling of arms exports during the recent Gaza conflict failed to uphold existing policy and over the last year their record on transparency has become worryingly regressive.
As a member of the Arms Export Controls Committee I pressed ministers to be open, accountable, and consistent in their decisions.