Public consultation and white paper: the UK’s Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementing Sanctions post-Brexit

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, and Department for International Trade have launched an April 2017 consultation on the legal framework for imposing sanctions, post-Brexit. Submissions should be made by  23 June 2017.

Sanctions are an important foreign policy and national security tool. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council the UK plays a leading role in negotiating sanctions with global reach to counter threats to international peace and security.

The UK currently implements UN and other multilateral sanctions regimes through EU legal acts. Once we leave the EU, we will need new legal powers to maintain our ability to impose, implement and amend sanctions regimes.

The consultation questions are:

  1. Are there further powers that you think the UK Government needs at its disposal?
  2. Should the legislation capture domestic and international terrorist activity as a behaviour that the sanctions powers should target?
  3. What are your views on the proposed threshold for individual designations?
  4. Should the Government review non-UN sanctions regimes after a fixed period as well as in response to political developments?
  5. What are your views on the proposed challenge mechanism?
  6. Are the proposed licensing powers for financial sanctions fit for purpose?
  7. Are the proposed licensing powers for trade sanctions fit for purpose?
  8. What are your views on the extent of the Government’s proposed additional power to seize funds and assets in order to freeze them?
  9. What are your views on the design and extent of the proposed “no-claims clause”?

Download the white paper (pdf).