Exclusive: The UK sold at least £450m more to Saudi Arabia in 2017 than 2016, with the true figure likely to be higher.
UK military sales to Saudi Arabia increased by two thirds in 2017 from 2016 – an increase of more than £450m, Sky News can reveal.
The real figure may well be a lot of higher because the variety of alleged “secret” open licences doubled across the twelve months, from twenty one to forty four.
The UK issued 126 licences regarding military merchandise in 2017, with a worth of £1.129bn – in step with Department of International Trade figures.
This is compared to 103 licences regarding military merchandise in 2016, with a worth of £679m.
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