The European Union Committee has published its seventeenth report on Brexit-related international agreements.
This report considers one international agreement which has been brought to the special attention of the house:
- Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Korea (with Exchange of Notes) (CP 167, 2019)
The Committee reports this agreement to the special attention of the House on the grounds that it is politically important and gives rise to issues of public policy that the House may wish to debate prior to ratification.
The agreement seeks to maintain the effects of the EU-Korea agreement in a bilateral context, from the point at which the EU-Korea agreement ceases to apply to the UK. Thus the Agreement will apply either with effect from the date of a 'no-deal' withdrawal from the EU (which could be as early as 1 November 2019), or, if there is a UK-EU deal, with effect from the end of any transition period.
A short 'explainer' on the Lords EU Committee scrutiny of treaties is available on our website: