On 12th June, in a response to a House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report, RUSI published a statement after the Committee described the UK’s position on post-Brexit sanctions as unclear, fragmented, incoherent and risks national security.  RUSI says that the UK will need to be much clearer in its sanctions strategic intent, how sanctions will be used to address both state-based and criminal threats.  The report is said to claim that the Foreign Office has given muddled and contradictory accounts of whether it has to wait for Brexit before it can enforce asset freezes against human rights abusers such as Russian oligarchs, Saudi security staff or Syrian military leaders, and the Committee accuses ministers of obfuscation over the issue.  It also says UK sanctions policy is incoherently implemented, with little co-ordination between those who devise policy in the Foreign Office and those who implement it in the UK’s financial regulatory bodies.  The Guardian says the Committee particularly criticised the lack of action over human rights abusers and the so-called “Magnitsky” sanctions.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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