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CAAT is challenging the UK government's decision to continue to license the export of military equipment to Saudi Arabia. This page collects together the legal documents relating to the Supreme Court appeal.

Last updated: 28/07/2020

The Judgment, made on 10 July 2017, turning down CAAT’s claim was deeply disappointing.

CAAT appealed and the hearing took place between Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 April 2019. Judgment, in CAAT’s favour, was made on 20 July 2019. The Government was told to retake on a lawful basis its export licensing decisions on extant licences, and not to issue any new ones, where the equipment might be used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

On 27 June 2019 the Government asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court and for a stay. On 9 July 2019 the Government was granted permission to appeal, but refused a stay. CAAT was granted permission to appeal on the two grounds on which it had lost.

The Secretary of State for International Trade announced on 7 July 2020 that the review was complete and that exports would resume. CAAT is considering its next steps with its lawyers.

Documents prior to the Supreme Court hearing

  • 9 September 2019 – letter from CAAT’s lawyers to the Government about the situation in Yemen since the High Court hearing in February 2017.
  • 9 September 2019 – annex to above letter giving a chronology of incidents in Yemen.
  • 28 October 2019 – letter from CAAT’s lawyers to the Government chasing a response to the 1 August letter.
  • 19 June 2020 – letter from CAAT’s lawyers to the Government’s lawyers asking why the retaking of the decisions on extant licences had not been completed after a year.

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