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Oral evidence concluded. Report in preparation.
When the UK leaves the European Union, the Government will seek to rollover and replicate some existing international treaties and begin negotiation on new treaties. These will be both with the EU and with other countries, and on a wide range of topics including aviation, fisheries and nuclear safety, as well as trade.
Parliament currently has few procedures or mechanisms for scrutinising the government's treaty actions, and its role needs to be re-examined to ensure that it is sufficiently robust to deal with potentially many more treaties.
For this inquiry, the Committee is interested in: the effectiveness of Parliament's current treaty role; how other countries' parliaments and the EU Parliament conduct treaty scrutiny; and, how and when Parliament should scrutinise government’s negotiating of and agreement to treaties after Brexit.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; Julia Crouch, Deputy Director for International Agreements, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary
Evidence given by Rt Hon Jack Straw, former Foreign Secretary
The Constitution Committee hears evidence on Wednesday 30 January at 10.15am