UK opposition parties urge Boris Johnson to suspend export of arms and riot gear to US
Labour says UK should not sell arms to US 'at a time when Donald Trump is gearing up to use the US military to crush the legitimate protests taking place across America over the murder of black civilians'
morning by emailUpdate newsletter preferencesBoris Johnson has yet to comment publicly on the issue, but in the past the government has been reticent to cross Mr Trump because it is seeking a trade agreement with the US to replace the favourable terms of trade with Europe lost after the UK’s exit from the European Union.
In her letter, Labour's Emily Thornberry said:"At a time when Donald Trump is gearing up to use the US military to crush the legitimate protests taking place across America over the murder of Black civilians, it would be a disgrace for the UK to supply him with the arms and equipment he will use to do so.
"If this were any other leader, in any other country in the world, the suspension of any such exports is the least we could expect from the British government in response to their actions, and our historic alliance with the United States is no reason to shirk that responsibility now.
"Indeed, because our alliance is above all based on the values we share with the American people, that is all the more reason why we must not supply arms and equipment that Donald Trump is willing to use to attack his own people, in total contravention of those values.
"The British public deserve to know how arms exported by this country are being used across the world, and the American public deserve the right to protest peacefully without the threat of violent repression."Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:"Today the US President threatened to use force against his own citizens. As things stand, our Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister have stood silent. Their silence is shameful.
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jessphillips Proof that we actually do ? I’m sure the Yanks are well capable of making their own !! Too late jessphillips With arms being our No1 export I don't see it happening. We sold to Syria, Iran, Iraq, Saudi... We sell to anyone with money. Stupid news ... America is the first country in the military industries
jessphillips Jess, they're out biggest ally. How would you react if there was a Labour Government and a mob burned down Coventry. About time you grew up from university politics. What, so anarchists can loot and run riot through the streets of USA unimpeded? Really now! jessphillips Opposition parties should be telling the racist idiot to prepare for scenes like we are watching in the US
Please do! jessphillips How very sad that as a country we produce and sell riot gear and arms. Not seeing a lot of this on the tv ads. jessphillips Ain't gonna happen jessphillips Erm, I suspect that is like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted considering guns are available in their supermarkets.
This is the least a developed country like the UK should do jessphillips It’s PPE for cops, why shouldn’t they be protected. As if - they dont care about murdering children in Yemen the UK Government would not care about killing black people in the USA..... anything for that trade deal..... BlackLivesMatterUK
Why not stop manufacturing weapons? jessphillips My Tory MP is staying eerily quiet on this matter ChrisClarksonMP. jessphillips How about just setting an example and making sure our own house is in order. Obviously, this is not a new issue for the American people. jessphillips There is absolutely no chance whatsoever of the UK stopping selling anything to the US. Zero chance.
jessphillips Essential riot gear must be saved for our essential services who are engaged in a despotic lock down. Our police cannot be expected to work without protection stayhome savelives jessphillips Why.. good way to get money. The police need riot gear jessphillips I’m not sure they need it with all the tanks half their police forces have.
jessphillips It's typical we have enough of those we can export Yeah but keep sending them to the Saudis so they can continue to starve the people of Yemen. jessphillips But building weapons.. it's the only British industry the Tories haven't destroyed. Their slave trade (black people in prison) are made to make those anyway
jessphillips Britain Trump won't do that to big Trump though will he? jessphillips The UK lost any voice or influence it had when it opted to be a lone minnow in a tumultuous ocean back in 2016. We take orders now. We don't give them. Ironically the very opposite of what Vote Leave promised. jessphillips We should be urging our military to get prepared to liberate the American people now on the brink of living under a fascist dictatorship
Sign the petition to stop the export of riot gear to the US Gov Don't be absurd. Your asking the man who tried to buy four water cannons from Germany, when he was Mayor of London, I very much doubt it.. Remember the UK exports arms to Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen. The times they’ve helped us in the past, I hope he tells them to get...,
😂 😆 😝 whatif the US suspends arms salons to the UK or takes away your nukes - mouse threatening elephant 😂 kakra68 Donald TRUMPs America FIRST is a SCAM.... USA import Pharmaceuticals from CHINA, UK sells Arms & Riot gears to Trump. What do touted Best in the World American Industries manufacture when they can't make Face Mask, Ventilators etc to Combat COVID-19
Well the British have had their share of riots too. That's probably why they're so well stocked with equipment. You can’t get PPE right but you can export arms!? Well maybe they shouldn’t have given Boris that election then this might actually mean something. suspend? what are you doing opposition, don't give 'm any ideas! tories: mmm okay, lets wait a while, it will look good and the demand will go up and then we'll get a better price! double whammy! disarmeverybody not just the police..
Lol what will the USA do now? stay alert Boris is Trumps poodle will send arms and riot gear We need to write to our MPs to stop this indefinitely. I hope Americans know that most of us in the UK support their protest. BlackLivesMatter For what reason? Antifa* A simple condemnation of Trump would suffice. Not even one of those...
Of course😂😂😂 Why isn’t the US making its own riot gear? I look forward to the brits needing us...again. Sadly I feel that's a home grown industry.... There is a call. A first voice from EU, Europe, UK Yes, let them loot and brake everything But like are you gonna put back up the tweet about Lil Nas X If you’re not, read his mf tweets stupid as niggas
Why? They’ll just get the stuff elsewhere via next day delivery and we’ll see another part of our manufacturing industry go to the wall. I suspect the vaccine will come from the US, let’s not piss off Trump before we get what we need The U.K. should not support terrorists in United States such as the police by giving them supplies would be disgrace
Yah right, Boris can't even sack an advisor for breaking Quarantine, you think he has the balls to go against bunkerboy Trump. Lol get real 'opposition parties' They can barely feed their people!!!! Weapons for chicken They saved your arse on ww2 Remainers again, but in different clothing. Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted lol Have 'opposition parties' nothing better to do in their overpaid and over privileged roles? justiceforellie
why do you think he does isn't it fact exported military hardware is for sale on every street ..Awh except in Britain, aren't we being a wee bit cannie with our journalism surely even ..Awh a mad man sees this this is Disproportionate, alarming and stuff of project fear The American people would be grateful for this assistance. We are being held hostage by a hostile dictator, intent upon dividing this country in order to hold power, and removing ourselves from his grip would be easier if our police weren't better armed than many militaries.
the loony left.... Please don't send us more weapons. Thanks. - The American People. are you going to apologize to lil nas x We do that Wow.. Give it to the protesters. Cos that will happen Country that prioritises the economy over its citizens is now supposed to prioritize the liberties of foreign citizens over the country's profit margins?
No chance Ffs. Blame trump and his aggressive tone , not body armour. Please somebody. Set up a common sense party. You can keep your stuff we’re fine, K thx. So the US even imports riot gear 🤔🤔🤔 Hi i'm imanpatwary5252 are you looking for your best monogram and initial letter Logo for your company and business? I will make logo design awesome monogram and initial letter For You In 24 hours, quickly order now in the order link
Wait, the UK sells arms to America? Like a vile rat hides in Putin's pants :. We shouldn’t be doing this anyway Err, or charge more ... Thats how trump plays when the vaccine is ready We saw you trying to slander Lil Nas X
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