In London has said it will not be able to impose sanctions against Russia because of the “case Skrypalia” to Brexit
LONDON, September 16. /TASS/ — the Deputy head of the British Ministry of the interior for security Affairs Ben Wallace noted that we are talking about the so-called Magnitsky amendment.
Britain will not be able to Brexit to apply sanctions against Russia in connection with the poisoning in Salisbury, the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia. On Saturday the newspaper reported The Daily Telegraph with reference to the Deputy head of the British Ministry of the interior for security Affairs Ben Wallace, who spoke before members of the British Parliament.
We are talking about the Magnitsky amendment, which Parliament passed in may of this year. As explained by Wallace, the amendment will not be enacted, “while the UK leaves the EU”.
The reason for this is that the British law on sanctions, part of which is the Magnitsky amendment, would allow London to create a completely new sanctions regime, which will be after Brexit.
The publication notes that government officials refused to specify when exactly the Magnitsky amendment can be applied in practice, since formally the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, however after this date there will come a transitional period lasting until 31 December 2020. Thus the practical use of sanctions mechanism may be postponed for a maximum of two years, which caused dissatisfaction in the ranks of the ruling Conservative party, whose members lobbied for its adoption.
The British version of the Magnitsky amendment complies with the adopted the same law that allows you to freeze the assets and prohibit the issuance of visas to foreign officials implicated in corruption and human rights violations. The amendment also implies that the names of the persons involved in gross human rights violations will be made public.