Nearly a year into the brutal Syrian Civil War, the British coalition government somehow decided to issue a license for a UK firm to export to Syria the chemical components used in sarin gas manufacturing. To a regime known to hold chemical weapons. In the middle of a civil war. The exports were only blocked by external, EU trade sanctions added 6 months later.
No.10 Downing Street (the office of the prime minister) says this was “the system working.”
What? You don’t authorize companies to send dual-use weaponizable chemicals to a dictator during a war. That’s just common sense.