The new National Security and Investment Act comes into force today.
The message to foreign investors is: the UK is open for business, but if you seek to threaten the safety of the British people, we will move to protect our interests.
From 4 January 2022, the government is able to scrutinise and intervene in certain acquisitions that could harm the UK’s national security.
The National Security and Investment (NSI) Act – the biggest shake-up of the UK’s national security regime for 20 years – has fully commenced today (4 January 2022).
From today, the government will be able to scrutinise and intervene in certain acquisitions made by anyone, including businesses and investors, that could harm the UK’s national security, better reflecting the threats we face today.