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UK remains second biggest arms exporter with £11bn of orders

British manufacturers recorded second highest figure ever in 2019 despite court order restricting sales to Saudi Arabia

British manufacturers exported £11bn worth of arms during 2019 – the second highest figure on record – despite a court order that the UK must halt any sales to Saudi Arabia that could be used in Yemen.

UK exports also exceeded those of Russia and France for the second year in a row, according to official figures released by the Department for International Trade (DIT), placing Britain number two in the global rankings behind the US.

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