EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

Brexit: sanctions policy inquiry

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Oral evidence concluded; report in preparation.

Scope of inquiry

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee is undertaking a short inquiry into UK sanctions policy after Brexit.

Sanctions (arms embargoes, asset freezes, visa or travel bans, and trade embargoes) are one of the EU's tools to promote the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP): peace, democracy and respect for the rule of law, human rights and international law. The Council imposes EU sanctions through Council Decisions, which are adopted by the Member States by unanimity. The EU implements all sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council (UNSC). In addition, the EU may reinforce UNSC sanctions by applying additional measures or imposing autonomous sanctions.

The inquiry will explore: the advantages and disadvantages of future co-operation between the UK and the EU on sanctions policy; how such co-operation might take place; examples of EU co-ordination with non-Member States on sanctions; the current sanctions regime and how this will be transposed into UK law, including through the Great Repeal Bill; and the impact of a separate UK sanctions regime on the UK’s ability to achieve its foreign policy goals.

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