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Baroness Ashton and Lords Hague and Robertson to give evidence on foreign and security policy


On Thursday 6 July 2017 the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee will take evidence on future co-operation with the EU on foreign and defence policy after Brexit.

The Committee will hear from:

At 10.05am:

  • Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
  • Lord Hague of Richmond
  • Baroness Ashton of Upholland.

At 11.15am:

  • Ana Palacio, Council of State of Spain.

Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to the UK of being part of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)?
  • What impact will Brexit have on the UK's influence on foreign policy making by the EU and its Member States
  • Would it be in the UK's interest to participate in Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions after Brexit, such as Operation Sophia, EULEX Kosovo, or Operation Atalanta (where the UK currently hosts the Operation's headquarters)? If participating, would the UK have a say in the planning of these operations?
  •  Would it be in the UK's interest to sign an Administrative Arrangement with the European Defence Agency after Brexit, such as Norway, Switzerland, and other countries have done?
  • Which EU Member States should the UK reinforce bilateral foreign policy and security cooperation with after Brexit?

This evidence session will take place from 10.05am on Thursday 6 July 2017 in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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