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Making a killing: Inside the Scottish town built on the arms trade

In Glenrothes, the best work in town is with Raytheon. But with Britain's arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia under intense scrutiny, locals face a difficult decision

By Arron Merat   April 2020

This piece was originally published in March 2020. On 7th July, the UK announced it would resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Below is Arron Merat’s update.

In 2019, the Court of Appeal judged that ministers at the Department for International Trade (DIT) had illegally signed off licences for arms exports to Saudi Arabia due to a failure to assess the risk to civilians in Yemen. The court banned ministers from issuing new licences, ordering the secretary of state to conduct…

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