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Sixth Brexit Liaison Group Meeting held

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27 April 2017

The sixth meeting of the Informal Brexit Liaison Group, set up by the House of Lords Liaison Committee, was held on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

The Group held a discussion with Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament, including scrutiny of the “Great Repeal Bill” and other related legislation and how the House of Lords might assist in ensuring that the Westminster parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit negotiations takes full account of the likely impact on Scotland. The Group noted the excellent Scottish Parliament SPICe weekly briefings on Brexit, and the information-sharing which already took place between Committees in both Parliaments, whilst expressing a willingness to explore further avenues for facilitating information-sharing. There would inevitably be a pause in Brexit-related scrutiny following Dissolution, and the final EU Committee report expected to be published in the next week was on EU Agriculture. Further scrutiny would begin in the new Parliament.

The Group expects to meet next in the new Parliament.

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Attendance

The following Committee Chairmen were present:

Baroness Garden of Frognal represented the Liberal Democrats and the Group was chaired by Lord McFall of Alcluith, Senior Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Liaison Committee. Economic Affairs Committee Chairman Lord Hollick, Constitution Committee Chairman Lord Lang of Monkton, Science and Technology Committee Chairman Earl Selborne and International Relations Committee Chairman Lord Howell of Guildford were unable to attend.

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