Western Sahara: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in cases C-104/16 P Council V Front Polisario and C-266/16 Western Sahara Campaign UK for the recent trade proposals to the European Council of Ministers.

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 accepts the judgement of the European Court of Justice in these cases, and has always been clear that any new proposals to the Council which address the substance of the judgement should conform with international law.

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