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.