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Britain should revisit its relationship with Saudi Arabia

Arms, and oil, are significant—but our financial gains come at a geopolitical cost

By David Wearing  

Theresa May with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Photo: PA

One of the signs that something unusual was happening in the run-up to the general election came when the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London failed to boost Theresa May’s fortunes in the polls. Instead, Jeremy Corbyn was able to push back forcefully against criticism of his national security credentials, in part by highlighting a suppressed Home Office report thought to implicate Saudi Arabia in the funding of extremism. That the UK-Saudi relationship came up…

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