Commission compares EU & UK approach to sanctions policy post-Brexit

EU Commission

The European Commission has published slides comparing the EU and UK position on framework for the future EU/UK relationship on foreign, security and defence policy. On sanctions the slides show that:

The EU approach is to pursue a sanctions policy “driven by the EU27 foreign objectives”, consulting and exchanging information with international partners including the UK to facilitate early information-sharing, minimise the risk of divergence, and eventually enable the UK’s convergence with EU sanctions policy. EU-UK consultation to be:

  • Reciprocal – information presented in advance about envisaged new sanctions or reviews;
  • Scalable – regular sanctions dialogue (e.g. on overall policy and practice, current regimes and their effectiveness, and exchange of good practices), intensified/in-depth dialogue at certain key stages (e.g. deciding on whether to impose, lift or renew sanctions);
  • Formalised – parameters to be included in the consultation mechanism on foreign policy.

The UK approach is to “develop sanctions together with the EU”, achieving an “EU-UK equal footing on sanctions policy”, to exchange information on listings and their justification. There will be UK-EU sanctions dialogue, including “intensive interaction” during the adoption process of sanctions.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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