Like you, I was incredibly distressed by the footage of what happened to George Floyd in the lead up to his death in police custody. I understand that the police officer involved in the incident has been charged with second-degree murder, and there will be a federal review.
I entirely understand the strength of feeling over this situation and of course fully support the right to peacefully protest. However, scenes across America of rioting and violence are very distressing and I urge all sides to de-escalate these tensions. We all want to see America come back together and not tear itself apart over this incredibly distressing incident. I will of course be following developments closely, including throughout the federal review.
I know the Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously. Indeed, the UK operates one of the world’s most robust and transparent export control regimes. Each export licence application is considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework, requiring the Government to think very carefully about the possible impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. My understanding is that the Government will not grant an export licence if doing so would be inconsistent with the criteria. I have ensured Ministers are aware of the points you make about these exports.