Double Taxation: Israel

Treasury written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the UK–Israel tax protocol signed on 17 January does not apply to trade involving illegal settlements.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The Protocol amends the 1962 convention to improve the conditions for cross-border trade and investment. These benefits are in the interests of the UK economy.

The Protocol does not represent any change to the UK’s historic position towards the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements. The UK’s position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the physical viability of a two-state solution.

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