James Carver MEP (Independent West Midlands)
Independent Euro MP James Carver accused the European parliament of using a debate in Strasbourg this week as a vehicle for anti-Saudi rhetoric, whilst ignorig the underlining issues of the crisis in Yemen.
He voted against the strengthening of checks on arms exports and penalising EU members that fail to apply common EU rules, arguing that the resolution failed to deal with arms control in any practical sense.
Mr Carver said: "We all agree that a robust and ethical system of arms control, in particular, licensing, is vital for successful de-escalation of the many conflicts acrosss the globe.
But he said the international community had "outsourced" the Yemeni conflict to the Saudi-UAE coalition and that the EU was "strangely silent" over Houthi delpoyment of ever-more sophisticated weaponry being fired into Saudi Arabia.
"Call me a cynic, but maybe it's something to do with European business interests in Iran. If you want real inflence, then stop this self-serving rhetoric," he added.