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Committee considers future foreign policy, defence and development co-operation

20 July 2020

The Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union returns on Tuesday 21 July with a virtual evidence session, examining how the UK and European Union may co-operate on foreign affairs, defence and development policy after the UK's departure. 


The UK has not published any draft treaty text relating to foreign policy, defence or development as part of the future relationship negotiations, whilst the EU is seeking an overarching treaty that includes foreign policy, security and defence provisions. The revised Political Declaration also commits both sides to promoting sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will consider the two sides' positions and their implications. It will also consider the UK's options for any future co-operation on foreign, defence and development policy with the EU, wider Europe and other key global partners.

Witnesses and Committee members will participate remotely.


Tuesday 21 July

At 10am:

  • Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director, Royal United Services Institute
  • Mikaela Gavas, Co-Director of the Center for Global Development's Development Cooperation in Europe Programme and Senior Policy Fellow
  • Professor Richard G Whitman, Director of the Global Europe Centre and Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent

Further information

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