On 2 August 2017, the UK Government (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade) presented to Parliament a report entitled “Public consultation on the United Kingdom’s future legal framework for imposing and implementing sanctions- Government response.” On 21 April 2017 the government launched a nine week consultation, which closed on 23 June 2017, on the proposed legal powers to enable the UK to impose and implement sanctions once the UK has left the European Union (EU). On 21 June 2017 the Queen’s Speech confirmed the government’s intention to introduce a Sanctions Bill during the current Parliamentary session.

The consultation White Paper was published on gov.uk and was also sent out by email to over 30,000 individuals and companies. Government officials held a number of roundtables to consult with key sectors including representatives from financial services, the legal profession, NGOs, industry professionals, and representative bodies. Officials also held informal consultations with international partners. There were thirty-four written responses to the consultation. These, together with the views expressed during the roundtable events, form the basis of the consultation response.