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Brexit and the UK’s Sanctions Policy: From Leader to Follower


Main Image Credit Prime Minister Theresa May in the Cabinet signs the Article 50 letter, as she prepares to trigger the start of the UK's formal withdrawal from the EU on Wednesday. Courtesy of Christopher Furlong/PA Wire/PA Images.


As a member of the EU, the UK has been a strong leader in the design and implementation of sanctions. Brexit will create complexity for policymakers and the private sector and result in a loss of UK influence and effectiveness.

In her recent speech announcing an early general election, scheduled for 8 June, Prime Minister Theresa May said that she wanted ‘a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world’. A few weeks earlier, in her letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk triggering Article 50, she had expressed a similar desire for the UK and the EU to establish ‘a deep and special partnership tha

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WRITTEN BY

Tom Keatinge

Director, CFCS

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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