An Occasional paper from RUSI on 13 May considers how the UK will coordinate sanctions initiatives with its allies after Brexit. It outlines both the benefits and challenges that the UK will face when coordinating sanctions with the EU and the US. While sanctions coordination with the EU might be easy in the short term, it says, maintenance of this coordination will become increasingly challenging without a formalisation of sanctions communication channels and a strengthening of the EU’s own implementation and enforcement mechanisms. While coordinating with the US on sanctions will no doubt provide added impact for UK sanctions measures, the paper finds that the ‘special relationship’ which UK has pursued for decades with the US in other areas of defence and security is not fit for the sanctions realm.
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