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UK sanctions on Iran relating to nuclear weapons

This page provides guidance on the UK’s sanctions regime on Iran relating to nuclear weapons, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The UK is leaving the EU. This page tells you about sanctions regimes after Brexit if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and will be updated if anything changes.

The Iran (nuclear) sanctions regime

The Iran (Sanctions) (Nuclear) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain sanctions measures 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 Iranian government to:

  • comply with relevant UN obligations
  • abandon nuclear weapons programmes
  • restrict the ability of Iran to develop nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems

This sanctions regime also gives effect to the UK’s obligations under United Nations Security Council resolution 2231. When these regulations come into force they will replace, with substantially the same effect, relevant existing EU legislation and related UK regulations.

There is another Iran sanctions regime relating to human rights. This aims to encourage the government of Iran to comply with international human rights law and to respect human rights, which is in the Iran (Sanctions) (Human Rights) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

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Documents

We will be publishing statutory guidance for this sanctions regime on this GOV.UK page soon, which will include information on licensing.

The Iran (Sanctions) (Nuclear) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

An explanatory memorandum accompanies the regulations, providing further information on their provisions.

Section 2(4) of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018: report

Section 18 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 in relation to criminal offences: report

Published 8 March 2019
Last updated 22 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. A link to general guidance on financial sanctions has been added.
  2. First published.