The British Government has published plans Wednesday to push for a bill that would give it the legal power to impose sanctions after it leaves the EU, including making it easier to cut off funding terrorism and freeze assets, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Britain currently negotiates and imposes non-UN sanctions against specific countries through EU laws, which without the new legislation, it would not have the legal authority to enforce those sanctions.
“This will enable us to impose sanctions as appropriate either alone or with partners in the EU and around the world, to take targeted action against countries, organisations and individuals who contravene international law.
Others are committed or finance terrorism or threaten international peace and security,” Alan Duncan, the Minister for Europe, said in a statement.
The new powers would see the introduction of an annual review of sanctions regimes to ensure they remained appropriate.
It would also allow individuals and organisations to challenge sanctions imposed on them.
The government said its proposals would also make it easier to freeze a suspected terrorist’s bank account and stop a person from making money from their assets, including by selling a house or car.