||<p>While it has long been our position that Israeli settlement activity is illegal,
we believe that imposing sanctions on Israel or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts would
not support our efforts to progress the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.
We understand the concerns of people who do not wish to purchase goods exported from
Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). It was in order
to enable consumers to make a more fully informed decision concerning the products
they buy that, in December 2009, the UK introduced voluntary guidelines to enable
produce from Israeli settlements in the OPTs to be specifically labelled as such.
Products from Israeli settlements do not receive preferential tariff treatment under
the EU-Israel Association Agreement which currently governs our trade with Israel,
nor the UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement which will govern our trade after
the UK leaves the EU.</p>