Britain ready to impose sanctions on Venezuela

Sunday timesThe UK could impose sanctions on Venezuela, a minister hinted today, as a voting technology company that supplies the petrostate said the results of a controversial ballot held on Sunday had been tampered with.

Sir Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office minister for the Americas, said the Latin American nation was in “meltdown” and praised US financial sanctions introduced against President Maduro as “absolutely right”. He said Britain could be part of a potential global effort to impose a sanctions regime on the country.

His intervention came after violence in the state prompted the families of British embassy staff to leave and pressure grew on Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader and a past supporter of the left-wing regime in Caracas, to condemn the left-wing government. …

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