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David Lidington and Alan Duncan give evidence on treaty scrutiny after Brexit

30 January 2019

The House of Lords Constitution Committee will hear from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington MP, and Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan MP, on Wednesday 30 January as part of its inquiry on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.


Wednesday 30 January in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas
  • Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Julia Crouch, Deputy Head of International Agreements, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Possible questions

  • What are the consequences of Brexit for the nature and volume of UK treaty-making in the future?
  • Is it right that treaties receive significantly less parliamentary scrutiny and approval than primary legislation and affirmative statutory instruments?
  • Should some or all treaties require the express approval of the House of Commons?
  • What impact would there be on the Government's treaty-making activity if there was increased parliamentary scrutiny and engagement?
  • The Prime Minister's statement to the House of Commons on Monday 21 January said that there will be consultation with Parliament on the negotiating mandate for the UK's future partnership with the EU. How will this work in practice?
  • How should the devolved executives and legislatures be involved in treaty-making and scrutiny? How do you see the Sewel Convention applying to treaties?

Further information

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