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Committee questions Government on draft Withdrawal Agreement

20 March 2018

The House of Lords EU Committee has today written to Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, asking a series of questions about the draft Withdrawal Agreement—the document which will give legal effect to the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.


On 28 February 2018 the European Commission published a draft Withdrawal Agreement setting out the arrangements for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union; a revised text was published and transmitted to the UK Government on 15 March 2018. Large parts of the Agreement were then agreed by the UK and EU negotiators on Monday 19 March.

The Committee has written to the Secretary of State, setting out its initial observations on the Agreement and asking questions on a variety issues.

The Committee asks how far UK lawyers and negotiators contributed to the Agreement, or whether it was essentially prepared by the Commission. The Committee also asks questions about the transparency of the ongoing negotiations, about dispute resolution, Gibraltar, transition, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and citizens' rights.

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