The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee has retained under its scrutiny the EU’s decision last month to introduce new sanctions on ISIS & Al-Qaida. The new sanctions allow the EU to impose travel bans and asset freezes on people it believes to be associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida, whereas previously it was only able to implement UN or EU member state listings (see previous blog).
The Committee stated that the EU’s decision introduced a new sanctions regime and was therefore politically important. It has requested that within 10 working days the Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan should provide it with an assessment of the difficulties that would be caused if Brexit were to lead to the UK “losing prior access to the list of persons, groups, undertakings and entities whose assets are to be frozen, by the EU, impeding the UK’s ability to take simultaneous action”, or led to the UK “becoming unable to request additions to the EU’s list based on its own investigations and intelligence”. The committee’s report is here.