The Chairs of the House of Lords EU Select Committee and House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee have today written to Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, asking for confirmation that the Government is willing to support the continued scrutiny of EU Documents during the post-exit transition or implementation period.
The Government has made a commitment to continue to fulfil its obligation to support parliamentary scrutiny of EU documents for as long as the UK remains a Member State. The Chair of the House of Lords European Union Committee, Lord Boswell of Aynho, and the Chair of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee, Sir William Cash MP, have jointly written to the Government with specific proposals for the Government to continue to facilitate the effective scrutiny of EU documents during the post-exit transition or implementation period.
The letter invites the Government to confirm if they will:
- Continue to provide extensive access to information and documentation, as at present, and draw up guidance for Departments accordingly; and
- Produce Explanatory Memoranda (EM), on a similar timescale to now, on all new EU documents published during the transition or implementation period that affect the UK.
The letter also recommends that, in order to facilitate scrutiny of the Withdrawal Agreement and the impact on the UK of specific new EU laws being negotiated or proposed during the transition or/ implementation period, a new mechanism is established to enable either House to require the Government, in good time, to:
- Raise concerns about specific EU legislative proposals which may have a detrimental impact on the UK; and
- Place a particular issue on the agenda of the proposed UK-EU Joint Committee (or a specialised committee) for discussion.