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Progress of the negotiations on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU

Inquiry

The Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union has launched an overarching inquiry looking at all aspects of the negotiations between the UK and EU, which began in Brussels the week of 2 March 2020. 

The Committee welcomes written evidence submissions to its inquiry, particularly those that address the following questions:

  • What are the priorities for the UK, and for the EU, in the negotiations on the future relationship? How should the interests of different sectors of the economy and parts of the UK be balanced?
  • How will the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement interact with the negotiations on the future relationship? What is the role of the Joint Committee, and what other mechanisms will be available for the UK and EU to resolve disagreements?
  • How prepared is the UK Government to negotiate and implement the future relationship with the EU, including in the event a free trade agreement is not secured? Which aspects of the future relationship could be negotiated after the transition period?
  • How effectively is the Government consulting with businesses, stakeholders, and the devolved institutions, to inform the UK negotiating position?

Launching the inquiry, Committee Chair Hilary Benn MP said:

“As negotiations between the UK and the EU begin, the questions that will define the next nine months are emerging. What are each side’s priorities? How can the competing interests of different stakeholders be balanced? How prepared are the UK and the EU for the range of possible outcomes?  

“These are complex questions, and if a future relationship that works for both parties is to be agreed, there is no time to waste.  

“Similarly, clarity is required regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, particularly the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Our inquiry will seek to hear from a range of voices, including from Northern Ireland.   

“The Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union may have a new name, but our task – scrutinising the progress of these critical negotiations – remains unchanged. I look forward to beginning our inquiry in our session with Michael Gove on Wednesday.”

Work news

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Committee examines impact of UK-EU agreement on key economic sectors
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union hears from representatives from manufacturing and food and drink sectors
11 January 2021
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Announcement of EU/UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement allows no deal to be averted but significant change still imminent, says Committee
In a unanimously agreed report, the cross-party Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union has published its initial assessment
30 December 2020
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Concerns remain as the UK prepares for new arrangements from 1 January, warns Committee
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union publishes report on Preparation for the end of the Transition Period
19 December 2020
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Committee questions Michael Gove and Transition Task Force officials as negotiations continue
Committee to hold a virtual evidence session with Michael Gove MP and representatives from the Cabinet Office’s Transition Task Force
17 December 2020
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Northern Irish businesses questioned as transition period draws to a close
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union examines how the end of the transition period will affect businesses in Northern Ireland
16 November 2020
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Committee examines Government preparations for post-transition border operations
Committee will question representatives of the logistics sector, freight software suppliers, and the Local Government Association
10 November 2020
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Protecting citizens’ rights must be a priority – deal or no deal, says Committee
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union publishes report on Implementing the Withdrawal Agreement: citizens’ rights
20 October 2020
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Committee examines future of financial services as negotiations continue
Committee to hold a virtual evidence session focused on financial services
16 October 2020
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Committee questions Michael Gove and Lord Frost
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union examines the state of play following the ninth round of formal talks
5 October 2020
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Brexit Committee hears from Aerospace, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals sectors
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union hears from Aerospace, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals sectors as end of transition period approaches
29 September 2020
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Committee examines state of play ahead of ninth negotiating round
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union examines the issues facing the UK and EU negotiating teams ahead of another week of formal talks
21 September 2020
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Committee questions Scottish and Welsh Governments on Internal Market Bill and Brexit preparedness
Committee to hold a virtual evidence session, featuring representatives from the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
11 September 2020
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Committee examines Government proposals for post-transition period border operations
Committee to take evidence on the operation of the UK-EU border after the end of the post-Brexit transition period
4 September 2020
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Committee considers future foreign policy, defence and development co-operation
Committee to hold virtual evidence session on foreign affairs, defence and development policy
20 July 2020
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Committee examines practicalities of future UK border operations
Questions will explore practicalities of border operations and Government's preparations before new arrangements begin
23 June 2020
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Committee examines practicalities of future UK border operations
Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union questions representatives from the Port of Dover, Freight Transport Association, and KGH Global Consulting
22 June 2020
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Political leadership and flexibility essential if deal with the EU is to be reached, says Committee
Committee publish report on The need for progress in negotiations
19 June 2020
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Committee examines draft agreements following meeting with Michel Barnier
Committee examines draft agreements following meeting with Michel Barnier
5 June 2020
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Committee questions Michael Gove and David Frost
Committee questions Michael Gove and David Frost ahead of fourth negotiating round
21 May 2020
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Committee questions Michael Gove
Committee questions Michael Gove on Joint Committee and latest round of negotiations
24 April 2020
Total results 22 (page 1 of 2)