UK Trade with EU:Written question - 3727

Asked by Jeff Smith
(Manchester, Withington)
Asked on: 22 October 2019
Department for Exiting the European Union
UK Trade with EU
To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill for Parliament to scrutinise the UK-EU free trade agreement negotiations.
Answered by: James Duddridge
Answered on: 31 October 2019

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, introduced on 21 October included a clause intended to give Parliament a crucial role in shaping and agreeing the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. This clause would require:

  • that Parliament signs off of the final objectives for the negotiations, before negotiations EU-UK can begin.

  • that Parliament sign off on the final deal, once political agreement has been reached.

  • that the Government formally reports on progress of negotiations against the objectives set by Parliament every three months.

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