A blockbuster £5billion deal for Britain to sell 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia has been shelved following the fallout over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It is a huge blow for the UK’s biggest defence company, BAE Systems, as the deal was expected to help save thousands of jobs in the north of England. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signed a celebrated ‘memorandum of intent’ over the agreement in March 2018. A blockbuster £5billion deal for Britain to sell 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia has been shelved following the fallout over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pictured) But the deal has been kicked into the long grass after Germany, which sells crucial parts for the jets, imposed an arms sale ban following Mr Khashoggi’s murder. The pact is expected to be raised next week when the Saudi foreign minister flies in for talks with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. A Saudi source said: ‘Obviously we want this to move forward and we share the same opinion as the UK in that this German decision should not affect a bilateral arms agreement.’ The deal has been kicked into the long grass after Germany, which… Read full this story
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