The British Government published a Framework for the UK-EU Security Partnership in May which is part of a series of presentations produced by the UK negotiating team for discussion with the EU. It says the UK “wants to build a new, deep and special partnership with the European Union” comprising an economic and security partnership.
As regards sanctions, the presentation states that:
1. The Prime Minister “is clear that we will all be stronger if the UK and EU have the means to cooperate on sanctions and the potential to develop them together in the future”.
2. The UK is developing national sanctions powers which will “mirror existing EU legislative powers” and will be used “in line with shared foreign policy objectives. The new Act received Royal Assent last week (previous blog).
3. The UK is currently “reviewing more than 1000 listings and sectoral measures to identify the best way to transfer these into UK law”. “Over 50% of existing EU sanctions designations are underpinned by UK evidence”.
4. The UK could agree to provide UK information and technical support and expertise to contribute to existing and future EU listings, and vice versa.
5. “Close cooperation and consultation on the development and adoption of measures will be in the UK and EU interest.”
6. The UK and EU could reach “an agreement for sharing and protecting classified information with the EU institutions as soon as possible”.
7. “We should not wait where we do not need to. The UK welcomes the agreement that future arrangements on CFSP… could become effective during the implementation period”.