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By Prospect Team   May 2020

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Sympathy for the devil?

Arron Merat judiciously lays out the painful moral dilemmas in Britain’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia (“Making a killing,” April). Still, he underestimates the painful choices facing Whitehall decision-makers.

The defence company on which Merat focuses is a Scottish-based American subsidiary; should its (indirect) Saudi sales disappear, production lines would simply be repatriated to the US, and skilled Scottish workers would be consigned to the dole queue.

Merat is also wrong to imply that we have leverage because the Saudis are stuck with our technology. The UK no longer features even among…

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