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Prime Minister questioned on EU exit

20 December 2016

The Liaison Committee questions Theresa May MP on exiting the European Union, and health and social care spending.


Tuesday 20 December 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 2.00pm

Andrew Tyrie's comments

Statement from Rt Hon Andrew Tyrie MP, Chair of the Liaison Committee, following the Committee's hearing with the Prime Minister:

"I was surprised that the Prime Minister was unable to confirm that she would expect Parliament to have a vote on the Brexit agreements.

On that, I agree with the Brexit secretary.

We're edging towards a little more clarity, at least on the need for transitional arrangements. The sooner this is made a priority, the better."


The Secretary of State for Leaving the EU told the House of Commons on 7 December 2016 that "it is inconceivable to me that if the European Parliament has a vote, this House does not". Under the EU Treaties, the European Parliament will vote to ratify the withdrawal agreement negotiated under Article 50, and any subsequent trade deal.

Clive Betts' comments

Statement from Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, following the Liaison Committee session with the Prime Minister:

"Social care is facing an immediate crisis and needs urgent action to ensure people get the services that they need but which are sadly lacking.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the Government is undertaking work to look at the longer term sustainable funding for social care. But this will only succeed in delivering an effective social care system if this is looked at together with NHS funding and not in isolation.

We urge the Government to work on these vital issues on a cross party basis at the earliest possible stage."

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