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Brexit: enforcement and dispute resolution inquiry launched

6 December 2017

The EU Justice Sub-Committee launches a new inquiry on the question of enforcement and dispute resolution post-Brexit.


The House of  Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the negotiations on Brexit.

Scope of the inquiry

Issues under consideration include:

  • Whether there could be a role for the CJEU in the UK post-Brexit;
  • The most appropriate method of enforcement and dispute resolution in respect of the Withdrawal Agreement and subsequent partnership arrangements with the EU;
  • How the Government can deal with questions relating to EU law in the domestic courts post-Brexit and during any period of transition (including the potential for divergence between UK law and EU law);
  • Whether anything can be learned from the EFTA Court model, or other alternative models for dispute resolution;
  • The impact Brexit will have on the UK's ability to influence the development of the law in other jurisdictions including the EU and the United States;
  • If UK citizens should have a direct right of access to any new enforcement or dispute resolution procedures (or whether there should be a reference procedure, as currently exists with the CJEU);
  • The potential impact of excluding the jurisdiction of the CJEU, both on UK domestic law and on securing a workable Withdrawal Agreement and any transitional arrangements under Article 50.


The Committee asks for written submissions to be received by Friday 19 January 2018.

Further information

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