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Merchant Shipping: Security

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL17496, tabled on 24 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to join a United States-led shipping coalition after Brexit.

Answered on

2 August 2019

The UK is part of ongoing conversations with international allies, including the US on how best we can ensure maritime security in the Gulf and protect freedom of navigation. This is not connected to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union.

Freedom of navigation is in every nation's interest; it is unacceptable to illegally seize a ship going about legitimate business in an internationally recognised shipping lane. Any action we take will be aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation is maintained.

We continue to work for stability in the region with the international community, and to uphold the international rules that protect us all.