This Bill will give the UK the necessary powers to continue to implement sanctions and introduce tough new measures post-Brexit against states such as North Korea and terrorist organisations including Daesh (ISIS). This will enable us to maintain existing sanctions regimes currently imposed through EU law, while providing the necessary legal underpinning for the UK to decide when and how to take action against new threats.
Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan MP said:
Sanctions are a vital part of our response to countries, organisations and individuals who threaten our security or undermine international law. We are taking sensible steps to make sure that we have legislation in place for when we leave the EU so our existing sanctions can continue and we have the freedom to take further action when necessary.
This Bill was introduced in the House of Lords by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
In the context of Brexit this Bill is necessary, so it is hard to argue against. The devil is usually in the detail though, so it will be interesting to hear the debates as the Bill goes through Parliament.
How to get involved
Contact your MP or the Bill’s sponsor, Lord Ahmad.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
As a Government Bill it is likely to go through.