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Committee to consider next steps following European Council and votes in Parliament

25 March 2019

The Committee on Exiting the European Union returns with an evidence session on the role of Parliament, as part of its over-arching inquiry examining the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Purpose of the session

Following the European Council summit on 21-22 March, and Monday’s debate and votes in the Commons, the Committee will consider the possible next steps in the Brexit process. It will hear from Daniel Greenberg, Speaker’s Counsel for Domestic Legislation, with questioning expected to focus on the legislative timetable for the UK’s departure from the EU, in particular the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill that would need to pass following any ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, and the Statutory Instrument laid by the Government to change the day of exit in law.

The Committee will also hear from policy experts on the wider implications of the European Council decisions agreed last week, and the votes in the House of Commons on Monday 25 March. The Committee is expected to focus on what the European Council may require from the UK in order to approve a longer extension, how the EU would respond should a series of ‘indicative votes’ fail to generate a majority for any option, and the possibility of the UK departing without a deal on 12 April.

Witnesses

Wednesday 27 March 2019, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

  • Daniel Greenberg, Speaker's Counsel for Domestic Legislation, House of Commons
  • Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre of European Relations
  • Dr Simon Usherwood, Deputy Director at UK in a changing Europe and reader in politics, University of Surrey
  • Georgina Wright, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government

Further information

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