Tougher powers to freeze terror bank accounts announced

Tougher powers to seize terrorists’ cars and homes and block their access to bank accounts are announced today.

The measures form part of a new law which will create the UK’s post-Brexit sanctions regime.

Britain currently negotiates and imposes non-United Nations international sanctions through European Union laws.

But a Sanctions Bill will be put before Parliament to ensure it has the legal powers to place restrictions on foreign countries after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in 2019.

The new bill will include additional powers to ensure ministers can freeze terrorists’ assets more easily. Pictured: Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria 

The new bill will include additional powers to ensure ministers can freeze terrorists’ assets more easily. Pictured: Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria 

It will include additional powers to ensure ministers can freeze terrorists’ assets more easily.

Under existing rules, the government must have a ‘reasonable belief’ that someone is involved in terrorism and that freezing their assets is necessary to protect the public.

Under the new plans the bar would be lowered, so ministers would only need to have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect a person or group is involved in terrorism and that sanctions are an ‘appropriate action’.

Economic Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay said: ‘These new powers will help us keep the British public safer from terrorist attacks by keeping money out of the hands of those wishing to cause us harm.

At the moment, the UK implements more than 30 sanctions regimes, including against countries like Russia, North Korea and Iran as well as terror groups such as Islamic State and al Qaida. Pictured: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrating after launching an intercontinental ballistic missile 

At the moment, the UK implements more than 30 sanctions regimes,

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