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UK sanctions on Iran relating to human rights

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime on Iran related to human rights, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However a responsible government must plan for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario.

The UK currently implements EU and UN sanctions through EU legislation and related UK regulations.

The information on this page applies after EU exit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. It will be updated if a deal is agreed.

The Iran Human Rights sanctions regime

The Iran Human Rights (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain financial, trade and immigration sanctions relating to Iran, which are currently in force in the UK under EU legislation and related UK regulations, continue to operate effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging the government of Iran to comply with international human rights law and respect human rights. When these regulations come into force they will replace, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

The UK also implements a sanctions regime on Iran related to weapons of mass destruction. There will be separate guidance published on that regime.

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Published 31 January 2019
Last updated 1 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. added financial sanctions guidance
  2. First published.