British MP’s have just announced via the BBC site Democracy Live to approved a motion imposing tougher economic sanctions against Iran. The government motion passed without a vote in the Commons on 13 December 2011 and confirmed the decision to tighten economic sanctions, including a ban on dealings with Iranian banks, extending to the country’s central bank.
This comes as no real surprise as relations between between the two countries have worsened in recent weeks, following attacks on the British embassy in Tehran – which were met with the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from the UK. There are only two other countries supporting financial sanctions against Iran which are the US and Canada. Labour former Justice Secretary Jack Straw expressed concern that the UK were the only country in the EU to support this.
In its latest report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented new evidence suggesting that Iran was secretly working to obtain a nuclear weapon.
To view the recorded motion from the House, click here.