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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The future UK-EU relationship

European Affairs Committee
The future UK-EU relationship

Tuesday 31 January 2023

Start times: 4.00pm (private) 4.00pm (public)


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Committee to hold evidence session with former Foreign Secretary and former Leader of the Conservative Party 

From 4pm on Tuesday 31 January, the European Affairs Committee will take evidence from Lord Hague of Richmond, as part of its ongoing inquiry into the future UK-EU relationship. 

Background 

The aim of the future UK-EU relationship inquiry is to examine the overarching state of the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship and how it might be improved in the future. The inquiry is investigating: 

  • The overall UK-EU political, diplomatic and institutional relationship; 
  • The UK-EU relationship on foreign policy and security; 
  • The UK-EU relationship on environment and climate change matters; 
  • The UK-EU relationship on culture, education and mobility of people 

This is the eleventh evidence session of the inquiry. It will focus primarily on the first two of the four themes covered by the inquiry: the overall UK-EU political, diplomatic and institutional relationship; and the UK-EU relationship on foreign policy and security. Questions on environment and climate change, and on culture, education and mobility have also been included, so that Lord Hague’s perspective on the UK-EU relationship in these areas can also be captured. 

Watch the evidence session on Parliamentlive.tv here 

Meeting details

At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future UK-EU relationship
At 5.30pm: Private discussion
Inquiry The future UK-EU relationship

Possible topics 

The current overall state of the UK-EU relationship, and the primary factors affecting this  

  • The effectiveness of the institutional framework for UK-EU cooperation under the Withdrawal Agreement and the TCA
  • Whether there would be benefits to holding regular summit-level meetings between the UK and the EU
  • Arrangements in Whitehall for coordinating UK policy towards the EU and individual Member States
  • The European Political Community
  • The impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on foreign, defence and security policy cooperation between the UK and the EU, and whether a structured cooperation framework would add value in this area
  • The effectiveness of cooperation between the UK and the EU in the context of the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • As a non-EU member of NATO, how the UK should approach the developing relationship between the EU and NATO
  • The effectiveness of cooperation between the UK and the EU in the context of the current energy security challenges in Europe 
  • The significance of the recent memorandum of understanding between the UK and the EU on North Sea energy cooperation, and UK-EU cooperation in this area might develop
  • Current arrangements for mobility of workers and professionals between the UK and the EU, and whether the Government should pursue any changes to arrangements in this area
  • The impact of leaving the EU on education – including any implications for school visits, student exchanges and research cooperation – and whether any changes should be pursued in this area
  • Whether the UK should seek to negotiate inclusion of the EU and/or EU Member States in its Youth Mobility Scheme

Further Information 

Location

Room 4, Palace of Westminster

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