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Home Affairs Committee
Inquiry announced on Friday 2 August 2019. Oral evidence ongoing.
The Home Affairs Committee last reported in December on its ongoing overarching inquiry into 'Home Office delivery of Brexit'. Since the Government’s response to that report, Parliament has rejected the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration and a new Prime Minister and Home Secretary have taken office.
The Committee intends to examine the current state of Home Office preparations for Brexit in all scenarios. This includes the possibility of updating the committee's scrutiny of Government readiness across customs operations, security co-operation and citizens' rights in the event of a no-deal exit.
It also includes examining alternative policy options that the Government and Parliament may need to consider in the run up to 31 October, including technological and other solutions at the border as an alternative to the existing Northern Ireland 'backstop', as well as arrangements with the EU and Member States to protect citizens' rights in all circumstances.
Terms of Reference
Written evidence is invited on, but need not be restricted to, the following issues:
Evidence given by Shanker Singham, Chair, Technical Panel, and Tony Smith CBE, Alternative Arrangements Commission ; Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform, and Dr Anna Jerzewska, Customs and Trade Consultant
Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
The impact of Brexit on border operations examined