Brexit: sanctions policy

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Publication Date 17/12/2017
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The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee of the United Kingdom House of Lords EU Select Committee published a report called Brexit: sanctions policy on the 17 December 2017.

The report concluded that the effectiveness of UK sanctions would be undermined unless the UK could quickly agree arrangements for future sanctions policy co-operation with the EU. Without this, the UK could be left with the choice of imposing less effective unilateral sanctions or aligning with EU sanctions it had no influence over.

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+ After Brexit, the UK will be able to unilaterally impose sanctions, but restrictive measures are most effective when imposed at the same time as other countries.

+ The principal interests and threats facing the UK and the EU-27 would not change fundamentally when the UK left the EU.

+ The Committee welcomed the Government's intention to continue to work in close partnership with the EU and other international partners after Brexit, but noted that the Government's proposed 'tailored' and 'unprecedented' approach to UK-EU collaboration on sanctions policy was untested.

+ The UK should pursue informal engagement, as the US does, with the EU on sanctions. However, this was not a substitute for the influence it currently exercised through formal inclusion in the EU meetings where the bloc's sanctions policy was agreed.

+ If participation in the Common Foreign and Security Policy after Brexit was not possible—or not sought by the UK — then the Government should propose that a political forum be established between the UK and the EU, for regular discussion and co-ordination of sanctions policy.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
UK: Parliament: House of Commons: Library: Debate Pack No.148/2017 (17.07.17): Exiting the EU and sanctions
UK: Parliament: House of Lords: Committees: News, 17.12.17: UK sanctions policy faces uncertain future, warns Committee
LSE Brexit: Blog, 05.11.18: Learning from Salisbury: UK sanctions policy after Brexit
UK: Parliament: House of Commons: Library: Blog, 19.09.18: Does the UK have an independent sanctions policy?
UK: Parliament: House of Commons: Library: Briefing Paper, No.8402 (19.09.18): The future of sanctions

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