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Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy inquiry launched

07 July 2016

The Energy and Climate Change Committee launches an inquiry exploring the implications for UK energy policy of leaving the European Union.

The UK energy sector has a number of existing links with the European Union, through trade, directives and interconnection. While Member States, including the UK, retain sovereignty over their energy mix, parts of UK energy policy have been driven by EU-wide directives and proposals. The UK’s exit from the European Union raises a number of questions that the Government will need to consider carefully when the country’s exit from the European block is being negotiated.

Through this inquiry, the Committee aims to understand the implications of the UK’s departure from the EU on UK energy policy, and determine which policy areas will need to be addressed during the exit negotiations. It is seeking guidance on an appropriate timeline for these developments.

Send a written submission

The Committee invites responses addressing some, or all, of the following questions in no more than 3,000 words:

  • To what extent have the Government’s energy policies been driven by the EU? Are any policy areas currently at risk?
  • What should be the Government’s priorities on energy when negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU? What would a successful negotiation outcome look like?
  • What aspects of existing EU energy policies and directives are beneficial to the UK? What should be the Government’s priorities in deciding which EU-led energy policies and legislation to retain?

Written submission deadline

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 14 September 2016.

Send a written submission to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy inquiry.

Contact the Committee

You can tweet @CommonsECC about the inquiry using the hashtag #EnergyPostEU

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