George Floyd, Black Lives Matter and export controls

Thank you for contacting me about the killing of George Floyd in the US, the Black Lives Matter protests and UK export controls.

Like you, I was appalled by the footage of what happened to George Floyd in the lead up to his death in police-custody. 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 case and support fully the right to peacefully protest.

The Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously. 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 carefully about the possible impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. The Government will not grant an export licence if doing so would be inconsistent with the criteria. I will ensure Ministers are aware of the points you make about these exports.