Brexit Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP questioned on no-deal planning ahead of meaningful vote

09 January 2019

The Committee on Exiting the European Union returns with an evidence session on Wednesday 9 January, part of its over-arching inquiry examining the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.


Having agreed the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the framework for a future relationship at the European Council on 25 November, the Government must gain parliamentary approval for both documents before ratifying the Agreement, under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act.

This vote was initially expected to take place on 11 December 2018, but was subsequently deferred. Whilst the vote is now expected to take place next week, the Government has continued to prepare for a no-deal scenario. 

Purpose of the session

In this evidence session, the Committee will question Chris Heaton-Harris MP on these preparations, as well as those being undertaken by the European Commission.

The Committee is expected to focus on no-deal contingency planning taking place across Government departments, what parliamentary legislation would be required to implement the Government’s plans, and whether it intends to issue further communications to citizens and businesses.

The Committee is also likely to question the minister on the possibility of a ‘managed no-deal’ scenario.


Wednesday 9 January 2019, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

At 9.15am

  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union

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