Western Sahara: Business

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th May 2018.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how his Department determines the interests and wishes of the people of the Western Sahara in establishing whether commercial activity there is legal or otherwise.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK's position is that we do not consider commercial activity to be illegal in Western Sahara, providing it respects the interests of the Sahrawi people.

It is for companies to take their own decisions whether to do business in Western Sahara, but the UK recommends they take legal advice before doing so. Further information can be found in the Overseas Business Risk guidance, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-business-risk-morocco/overseas-business-risk-morocco#western-sahara

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