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Brexit: Developments in Parliament on UK Trade and Sanctions Bills

The UK Trade Bill continued to be debated in the House of Commons with a second reading taking place on 9 January 2018. One of the main contributions of the bill is the establishment of the UK Trade Remedies Authority, an institution responsible for investigations into trade remedies, a responsibility currently assigned to the European … Continue Reading

UK Implements EU’s Venezuela Sanctions Regime

On 6 December 2017, the Venezuela (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2017 entered into force in the UK. This regulation implements Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063 of 13 November 2017 and provides for the imposition of restrictive measures on persons or entities considered to be involved in undermining democratic principles and the rule of law, as … Continue Reading

UK Issues Guidance on Form to Release Information on Classified Goods and Services to Foreign Nations

On 29 January 2018, the ECJU published a guidance on the MOD Form 680 allowing firms to apply for permission to release information about classified goods and services to foreign nations. According to this guidance, the outcome of a MOD Form 680 request depends on various factors, including the complexity of the project, protective opportunities … Continue Reading

UK Amends the Consolidated List of Strategic Military and Dual-Use Items

On 17 January 2018, the UK’s ECJU of the UK Department of International Trade updated the Consolidated Control List of Strategic Military and Dual-use Items that Require Export Authorisation. The updated list notably takes into account the changes made to the EU dual-use export control list (See Annex I of the above link).… Continue Reading

UK Revokes Certain Open General Export Licences

On 4 January 2018, the Export Council Joint Unit (ECJU) of the UK Department for International Trade revoked Open General Export Licences (OGELs) applicable to dual-use technology items, cryptographic development, low value shipments, and dual-use items for oil and gas exploration, as well as OGELs for Turkey. The ECJU suggested they will be replaced very … Continue Reading

CE Marking Post-Brexit

On 10 January 2018, the European Commission published important notice warning of the consequences that Brexit will have in the field of industrial products[1], which are subject to CE Marking requirements when placed on the European Union (EU) market. For those products, the European Commission confirmed that, to demonstrate compliance with CE Marking requirements for … Continue Reading

Commission Updates to EU Control List of Dual-use Items Enter into Force

On 16 December, the European Commission’s updates to the EU dual-use export control list entered into force. On 26 September 2017, the commission adopted the annual Delegated Regulation (2017/2268), which was published in the Official Journal on 15 December, updating the EU dual-use export control list in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 428/2009. The … Continue Reading

UK Publishes Taxations (Cross-Border Trade) Bill

On 21 November, the UK government published the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, the stated aim of which is to “allow the UK to set and collect its own duty on goods coming into the country and will allow the government to implement different outcomes of the EU negotiations, including an implementation period”. The government announcement … Continue Reading

House of Lords Report Expresses Deep Concerns Over UK Sanctions Bill

On 17 November, the House of Lords Select Committee published its report on the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, wherein it expressed concerns, for example, in respect of the bill’s three-yearly review provisions, which it is not convinced are acceptable. The Lords also questioned the absence of an individual’s right to be told that … Continue Reading

UK Introduces Regulations in Light of EU Sanctions on Venezuela

In November, the UK passed the Venezuela (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2017. The regulations follow the EU’s recent sanctions on Venezuela as part of Council Regulation (EU) 2017/2063. They cover offences, penalties and other provisions, such as reporting obligations. On 15 November, the UK Department for International Trade published a notice to exporters (Notice … Continue Reading

Terrorism and Terrorist Financing

The UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation, part of HM Treasury, renewed the final designations of “Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine – General Command” and “Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine”, with effect from Friday 1 December 2017. These entities, therefore, continue to be subject to financial sanctions imposed by the Terrorist … Continue Reading

UK SFO Opens Probe into KBR, Inc.

Due to the UK Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) ongoing investigation into Unaoil, in a press release dated 28 April 2017, the SFO confirms, “it has opened an investigation into the activities of KBR, Inc’s United Kingdom subsidiaries, their officers, employees and agents for suspected offences of bribery and corruption”. KBR, Inc. is a US based … Continue Reading

UK Scheduled to Publish Bill on Post-Brexit Sanctions Collaboration With the EU

In a parliamentary debate on Eastern Ukraine, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced that the UK will be introducing a bill “on how we will continue to take part in sanctions jointly with our friends and partners across the channel”. Boris Johnson also stated that the UK “already leads the way in imposing sanctions on … Continue Reading

UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) Revokes Six Open General Export Licences (OGELs)

On 5 April 2017, the ECO revoked the following OGELs, including: Exports of military goods, software and technology (new OGEL for Military Goods, Software and Technology) Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation treaty (new OGEL for Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty) Exports of military goods, software or technology to a government … Continue Reading

UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Publishes New Guidance on the New UK Financial Sanctions Regime

Following the coming into force of Part 8 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, which introduces new monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions, OFSI has published guidance on the new regime, including: Guidance on monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions A response to OFSI’s consultation on the process for imposing monetary penalties … Continue Reading

UK Government Launches Public Consultation on the Future Legal Framework for Imposing and Implementation Sanctions Post-Brexit

On 21 April, the UK government launched a public consultation on its proposals for domestic sanctions legislation. The consultation sets out the UK government’s thinking on the overarching legal powers the UK will need to impose its own domestic sanctions once the UK leaves the EU. The consultation is scheduled to run for nine weeks … Continue Reading

UK Introduces New Monetary and Criminal Penalties for Breach of Financial Sanctions

The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the Act), which comes into force in April 2017, provides HM Treasury with enforcement powers to punish breaches of financial sanctions. Under the Policing and Crime Act 2017, HM Treasury has the power to impose monetary penalties if it is satisfied that a person acted in breach of … Continue Reading

UK Government Forced to Take Brexit to Parliament

By judgment of 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court has dismissed the government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s judgment in R (on the application of Miller & Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The court has held that parliamentary authority in the form of an Act of Parliament is required for the government … Continue Reading
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