V1552 – Arms Exports (Regulation of) Act 2020 Watch

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B1552 – Arms Exports (Regulation of) Act 2020, TSR Government






Arms Exports (Regulation of) Act 2020



A Bill to establish regulation of arms exports.


BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-




(1) Definitions

1. “Arms” shall refer to any form of weaponry intended for warfare including, but not limited to: Guns, Ammunition, Military Fighter Jets, Bombs, Missiles. The undermentioned Regulatory Body shall have discretion to decide what constitutes as Arms.
2. “Exports” shall refer to the exporting of Arms, produced or owned by the Ministry of Defence, or any other relevant organisation, to any foreign nation.


(2) Establishment of a Regulatory Body

1. Following the enactment of this act, an independent body shall be established. This shall be named “the Board for British Arms Exports Control”
2. This body shall be wholly independent from HM Government, or any organisations which may benefit from Arms Exports. No persons affiliated to either of these areas may be part of the Body.
3. Membership shall be nominated by the Secretary of State. Any nominations must pass approval by the House of Commons to ensure independence.


(3) Duties of the Regulatory Body

1. If the Ministry of Defence, or any relevant organisation, wishes to partake in the exporting of Arms as defined earlier - licenses for said exports must be granted by the Regulatory Body alone.
2. The Regulatory Body may be instructed to review any specific licenses through a successful motion of parliament. If such motion passes, the Body should investigate the license with a matter of urgency.
3. It shall be illegal for exports to occur without the prior approval of the Body, except in the exceptions listed in Section 4.


(4) Exceptions

1. If it is considered urgent to national security, emergency exports may take place with the unanimous approval of the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Secretary of State for Defence.
(a) If Section 4(1) is applied - the reasoning for such decision should be reviewed by the board at the earliest opportunity. The documents or intel that led to the decision should be reviewed once there is no longer a threat to national security by releasing it.
2. If the United Kingdom has declared war on another nation, the Regulatory Body will not be required to approve any necessary arms exports. These instead should be included in any documents provided to Parliament during debate on the deployment of forces. Parliament may then vote to overrule any specific exports, should it choose to do so.


(5) Title, Commencement and Extent

1. This Bill may be cited as the Arms Exports Act 2020
2. This Bill shall apply to the United Kingdom
3. This Bill shall take effect exactly 6 months after successful passage.


(6) Notes

This bill comes alongside the Ministerial Report on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, ensuring that all Arms Exports are being approved independently and may be reviewed at any time. Unfortunately, we have seen British weaponry being used against innocent civilians by countries that we have exported it to. This must stop. The government does not wish to have the blood of innocent civilians on its weapons. It should be illegal to export weapons that are being used for that purpose. This act establishes a Body to determine and make exports illegal in that scenario.
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Good Evening,
Due to a slight technical error, could I have my vote on this changed to Nay please?
Thank you,
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Good Evening,
Due to a slight technical error, could I have my vote on this changed to Nay please?
Thank you,
TAGO
Yeah that’s fine.
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One nay has been removed for Baron of Sealand for a double vote in seat 29.

and One aye has been changed to a no for gr8wizard10
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Order, order!

The ayes to the right: 26
the Noes to the left: 20
Abstains: 3

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