“Government secretly deployed British troops to defend Saudi Arabian oil fields”
The British newspaper “The Independent” published an article about London secretly deploying military units to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, without notifying the parliament and the public about the decision to defend the oil fields in the region. The article stated that the secret activity took place in the light of a legal action said to be violated by the Boris Johnson government and the ban on exporting weapons to Riyadh.
This government action led to harsh criticism of the opposition in parliament and accusing UK government of lacking a “moral compass” and dodging scrutiny, while politicians said it was a symptom of the “toxic relationship” between the British Government and the oil-rich Saudi Kingdom, which they viewed as a dictatorship.
Layla Moran, the foreign affairs spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, told The Independent: “The reports that the government have secretly been deploying troops to Saudi Arabia are shocking. Not only is this government selling the Saudi government arms to use against civilians in Yemen, but deploying troops to defend Saudi oil fields, reveals just how absent this government’s moral compass truly is.”
The Independent stated that “incredibly”, the military overlapped with a ban on exporting military hardware to Riyadh.