On 31 March 2017, the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee published its intention to launch an inquiry (April/May 2017) into post-Brexit sanctions policy (arms embargoes, asset freezes, visa or travel bans, and trade embargoes). Currently, as EU member state, its EU sanctions policy is part of the EU’s CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy). Once it leaves the EU, it will no longer be bound by the EU’s CFSP.
The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a co-ordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming negotiations on Brexit.
The inquiry will explore:
- The advantages and disadvantages of future co-operation between the UK and EU on sanctions policy;
- How such co-operation might take place;
- Examples of EU co-ordination with non-Member States on sanctions (e.g. Switzerland and Norway);
- The current sanctions regime and how this will be transposed into UK law, including through the Great Repeal Bill; and
- The impact of a separate UK sanctions regime on the UK’s ability to achieve its foreign policy goals.