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 Venezuela sanctions regime
The Venezuela (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are intended to ensure that certain financial, trade and immigration sanctions relating to Venezuela, 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 Venezuela to respect democratic principles, to comply with international human rights law and to 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.