Constitution Committee

Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties inquiry

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions Contact us:

Call for evidence published 25 October 2018. The deadline for submissions is 6 December 2018.

Scope of the inquiry

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.

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Next meeting(s)

21 November 2018 10:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties
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Witness(es)

(at 11:30 am)
Professor Elaine Fahey, Professor of Law & Associate Dean (International), City Law School, University of London
Professor David Howarth, Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Cambridge
Dr Mario Mendez, Reader in Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Location

Room 1, Palace of Westminster

28 November 2018 10:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties, House of Lords Appointments Commission
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Witness(es)

Location

Room 1, Palace of Westminster

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