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Has the ‘meaningful vote' set a precedent for how Parliament approves treaties?

12 December 2018

Witnesses from the Hansard Society, the Law Society of Scotland, Global Justice Now and the Trade Justice Movement give evidence as part of the Constitution Committee's inquiry on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.


Wednesday 12 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Dr Brigid Fowler, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society
  • Michael Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland

Then at 11.15am

  • Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
  • David Lawrence, Senior Political Adviser, Trade Justice Movement

Possible questions

  • Has the 'meaningful vote' on the Withdrawal Agreement set a precedent for how treaties should be approved in the future?
  • What changes are required for Parliament to scrutinise treaties more effectively after Brexit?
  • Is a select committee the most appropriate vehicle for the scrutiny of treaties?
  • What role should the devolved governments have throughout the various stages of the treaty process? What structures or processes does Parliament need to scrutinise treaties effectively?
  • Should there be different rules or scrutiny processes for different types of treaties?
  • Are there other legislatures you are aware of that conduct treaty scrutiny particularly effectively?
  • What involvement should the public and stakeholders have in the process of treaty negotiation? What form of consultation would be both effective and useful?

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