Constitution Committee

Parliamentary scrutiny of treaties inquiry

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Oral evidence concluded. Report in preparation.

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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