Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Chris Williamson Chris Williamson Labour, Derby North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will review the guidance provided to businesses and banks on trading with illegal Israeli settlements.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

The UK and Israel have a strong and important trading relationship and we are firmly opposed to boycotts or sanctions. We do not recognise the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including the settlements, as part of Israel and they are not covered by the current EU-Israel Association Agreement, which governs our trade with Israel.

It is up to individual businesses whether they undertake business dealings with companies operating in illegal settlements. The Government neither supports nor encourages such dealings. The FCO advises businesses on the risks of so doing.

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