The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Friday expressed its deep concern about the new onslaught of Nicolas Maduro’s regime on the National Assembly.
In that sense, the United Kingdom reiterated its support to the implementation of sanctions against Maduro’s regime, as a measure of pressure, while considering it necessary to call for free and fair presidential elections to end the crisis in Venezuela.
The full statement follows
The United Kingdom is deeply concerned about Maduro regime’s ongoing campaign of intimidation against members of the democratically elected National Assembly in Venezuela.
On December 16th, the Venezuelan Supreme Court stripped the parliamentary immunity of four other members of the National Assembly: Jorge Millán, Hernán Alemán, Carlos Lozano and Luis Stefanelli. This brings the number of Assembly members sitting in opposition to the regime who have had their immunity removed to twenty-nine. The National Assembly is the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela, and the parliamentary immunity of all its members must be respected.
We support the effective implementation of the EU’s sanctions regime in Venezuela. Sanctions are an appropriate and necessary part of the international response to the crisis which has been created by an illegitimate and brutal regime and which is having such a terrible impact on the Venezuelan people and a detrimental effect on the whole region.
The United Kingdom shares the desire for a peaceful and rapid solution to the current crisis in Venezuela. We support the demand made by interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly for a democratic transition through free and fair presidential elections in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution and international democratic standards.