Article 50 negotiations - implications of “no deal” examined

03 February 2017

The Foreign Affairs Committee hears from legal experts, and a former UK high-ranking national of the European Commission, on the  implications of the UK leaving the EU at the end of the Article 50 negotiating period with no withdrawal agreement in place.

Tuesday 7 February 2017


Session 1 at 10am - Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

  • Professor Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of European Law, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Derrick Wyatt QC, Brick Court Chambers, Emeritus
    Professor of Law, University of Oxford, on behalf of the Bar Council
  • Hugo Leith, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers, on behalf of the Bar Council

Session 2 at 3pm - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

  • Jonathan Faull, former Director-General, European Commission

Purpose of the sessions

The morning session focuses on some of the potential legal and practical implications, both for the Government and for ordinary people and businesses, if the UK and EU fail to conclude a withdrawal agreement within the two year period mandated by Article 50.

The afternoon session draws on Mr Faull’s expertise as the former most high-ranking UK national in the European Commission to explore some of the institutional and political aspects of the forthcoming Article 50 negotiations, as well as the prospect of the UK and EU failing to agree an exit deal. 

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