The UK needs to be able to impose and implement sanctions in order to:
comply with our international obligations, including those under the United Nations (UN) Charter
support our wider foreign policy and national security goals
Many of our current sanctions regimes are established via powers in the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA). We will need new legal powers to replace these once the ECA is repealed. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will not provide the powers necessary to update, amend or lift sanctions after exit day in response to fast moving events. This would leave us in breach of our international obligations and unable to work effectively with our European and international partners to tackle shared challenges.
Experts from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, Department for International Trade, Home Office, and the Department for Transport currently administer sanctions and anti-money laundering (AML) regimes. These include:
On 21 April 2017 the government published a White Paper summarising the government’s proposed initial policy position on sanctions. Following a 9-week consultation the government published its response.