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Committee examines legal implications of asylum cooperation after Brexit

2 July 2019

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from Barrister Colin Yeo and Professor of Law Elspeth Guild.


The Sub-Committee has launched an inquiry into future UK-EU asylum cooperation. This inquiry will look at the UK's current relationship with the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and consider what type of agreement the UK should seek with the EU on asylum cooperation after Brexit. In this session, the witnesses will outline the legal consequences of Brexit for asylum cooperation between the EU and UK. In particular, the Committee will examine the implications of leaving the Dublin system which determines responsibility for asylum applications, what Brexit will mean for the UK's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and the Refugee Convention, and the effect a 'no deal' scenario will have on asylum seekers.


Wednesday 3 July 2019, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 11.30am:

  • Colin Yeo, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Professor Elspeth Guild, Professor of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Possible Questions

Topics likely to be covered in the session include:

  • In a 'no deal' scenario, would there be any legal barriers to prevent the UK continuing to cooperate with individual members states on refugee family reunification? 
  • Will Brexit leave a gap in the UK's procedures and standards of protection for asylum seekers?
  • What are the implications of the loss of protections under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK?
  • What was your response to the Home Secretary's recent announcement of a new global refugee resettlement programme to be in place from 2020?

Further information

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