EDM 225 (Settlements)

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Thank you for contacting me about EDM 225: International law and trade with illegal Israeli settlements.

The UK’s position on Israeli settlements is clear. Settlements are illegal under international law and damaging to renewed efforts to launch peace negotiations.

I firmly believe that the international community must redouble its efforts to support a comprehensive peace agreement that delivers a safe and secure Israel alongside an independent Palestine. A two-state solution brought about through agreement is the most effective way for Palestinian aspirations of statehood to be met.

That being said, the UK, along with a number of other European countries opposed the creation of the UN’s business and human rights database. The UK Government neither encourages nor offers support to individuals or companies who operate in settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.