The United Arab Emirates has stopped using dozens of British nationals serving as trainers in its armed forces as the Gulf state increases pressure on London over its response to the Arab uprisings.

The clearout of around 80 British officers working under a longstanding programme in which former British officers train UAE forces, is prompting some British officials to push for stronger military ties to reassure the UAE and other Gulf allies about the UK’s commitment to regional security.

“We are political scapegoats,” said one officer who, like others, did not have his contract renewed. […]