Explanatory Notes

Clause 35: No use of written procedure in the Joint Committee

326 The provision precludes a Minister of the Crown, as the UK’s co-chair, using the written procedure (Annex VIII, Rule 9 of the Withdrawal Agreement) to adopt recommendations or decisions of the Joint Committee. This ensures that decisions made by the Joint Committee are made by a Minister in person. The purpose of this provision is to ensure there is full ministerial accountability, including to Parliament, for all decisions made in the Joint Committee.


Prepared 19th December 2019