Trading with the Enemy Act 1939

The Trading with the Enemy Act 1939 (2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 89) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which makes it a criminal offence to conduct trade with the enemy in wartime, with a penalty of up to seven years' imprisonment. The bill passed rapidly through Parliament in just two days, from 3 to 5 September 1939, and the Act was passed on 5 September 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War. It is still in force.

Trading with the Enemy Act 1939[1]
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to impose penalties for trading with the enemy, to make provision as respects the property of enemies and enemy subjects, and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.
Citation2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 89
Royal assent5 September 1939
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 17(1) of this Act.