Skip to main content

Brexit: energy security - new inquiry launched

11 July 2017

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee launches an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for energy security in the UK. This short inquiry seeks to highlight the issues the Government needs to consider when developing a new energy relationship with the EU to ensure secure, affordable and sustainable energy.

Focus of the inquiry

Oral evidence sessions will take place in the Autumn, starting from September 2017. Evidence sessions are likely to focus on the following key issues:

  • Membership of the Internal Energy Market
  • Interconnection with the EU
  • Energy arrangements on the island of Ireland
  • The implications of withdrawing from the Euratom Treaty
  • Investment in energy infrastructure and research

The Committee welcomes the views of stakeholders on the issues outlined below. Any submissions should be sent to the policy analyst to the Committee, Jennifer Mills (, no later than 25 August 2017.

Questions that will be explored

  • What are the implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU for the UK's energy security?
  • Could, or should, the UK stay in the Internal Energy Market (IEM) post-Brexit? If not, what should be the priorities for continued co-operation with the EU?
  • What will be the effect of Brexit on UK-EU energy interconnection?
  • What is EU funding used for in relation to energy infrastructure and research?  Can it be effectively replaced by existing UK schemes
  • What measures would allow the continuation of the Integrated Single Energy Market on the island of Ireland after Brexit?
  • What are the implications of the UK's withdrawal from Euratom?  Will it affect the UK's security of supply?
  • What can the UK learn from other non-EU countries' experience of trading energy with the EU?

Further information

Image: iStockphoto