Documents considered by the Committee on 4 July 2018 Contents

Meeting Summary

The Committee looks at the significance of EU proposals and decides whether to clear the document from scrutiny or withhold clearance and ask questions of the Government. The Committee also has the power to recommend documents for debate.

Summary

EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA)

Negotiations for a trade agreement with Singapore began in 2010 and concluded in October 2014. The agreement was eventually ‘split’ and presented to the Council as two standalone agreements, in line with the Commission’s ‘new’ approach to negotiating and concluding trade agreements:

These agreements raise significant legal and policy issues for the UK, in particular on the UK’s approach to investment protection and dispute resolution after UK exit on 29 March 2019. We recommend the proposals for debate in European Committee B.

Not cleared from scrutiny; recommended for debate in European Committee B; drawn to the attention of the Committee on Exiting the EU, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the International Trade Committee

Data Protection and the Council of Europe

These proposed Council Decisions would authorise EU Member States to sign and ratify a Protocol amending a Council of Europe Convention 108 on personal data protection (the Amending Protocol). The UK ratified the Convention in 1985. Authorisation is needed because the EU cannot yet be a party to the Convention, though it covers an area of (mostly) EU exclusive competence. As the envisaged changes to the Convention will enable international organisations to accede, the EU is likely to become a party to the Convention once the Amending Protocol comes into force (all 51 Parties to the Convention have signed). The EU has also been involved in the negotiations of the Amending Protocol, seeking to ensure the Convention’s consistency with internal EU data rules, principally the GDPR. The proposals have been published at short notice and are being rushed to Council. The Government initially thought that they would be considered at a Council meeting of 22 June but we understand from officials that this did not happen but that the UK supported the Decision authorising signature of the Convention at the Council meeting of 26 June. We ask the Minister formally to clarify the position but do not seek to take issue with any override given the Minister’s proactive apology and explanation of how matters were expedited beyond the Government’s control. However, we ask the Government a number of other questions about competence, transition and Brexit implications in respect of the Convention once the EU also accedes.

Not cleared from scrutiny; further information requested; drawn to the attention of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the Science and Technology Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Exiting the EU Committee

Possible financial implications for the UK of the next Multiannual Financial Framework

We discussed the possible financial implications of the EU’s next long-term budget (the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021–27) for the UK, in the context of the Government’s desire to stay embedded in various EU programmes and agencies. We also considered the possible financial implications of the Government’s ‘backstop’ proposal for the border with Ireland, and any hypothetical extension of the post-Brexit transition period after December 2020. Overall, we concluded that the financial implications of the EU budget after 2021 cannot yet be quantified but could be substantial.

Not cleared from scrutiny; further information requested; drawn to the attention of the Treasury Committee, the Public Accounts Committee and the Exiting the EU Committee

Motor Insurance Directive

We considered a controversial proposal by the European Commission to extend the insurance requirement under EU law to vehicles that are only used on private land, such as tractors and motor sport vehicles. The UK opposes the proposal but it is unclear what level of support it has for its position among other Member States. We also discussed the implications of Brexit for UK residents who are injured in a traffic accident elsewhere in Europe, as the current system—which allows them to pursue compensation in the UK from an overseas insurer—will fall away when the UK leaves the Single Market.

Not cleared from scrutiny; further information requested; drawn to the attention of the Transport Committee and the Treasury Committee

Documents drawn to the attention of select committees:

(‘NC’ indicates document is ‘not cleared’ from scrutiny; ‘C’ indicates document is ‘cleared’)

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Personal data and the Council of Europe Convention [Proposed Decisions (NC)]

Exiting the European Union Committee: Personal data and the Council of Europe Convention [Proposed Decisions (NC)]; EU trade deals: EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) [Proposed Decisions (NC)]; Long-term EU budget 2021–27: financial implications for the UK after Brexit [Proposed Council Regulations (NC)]

Foreign Affairs Committee: EU trade deals: EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) [Proposed Decisions (NC)]

Home Affairs Committee: EU approval of the Global Compact on Migration [Proposed Council Decisions (NC)]; Establishing a European network of immigration liaison officers [Proposed Regulation (NC)]

International Development Committee: EU approval of the Global Compact on Migration [Proposed Council Decisions (NC)]

International Trade Committee: EU trade deals: EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) [Proposed Decisions (NC)]

Joint Committee on Human Rights Committee: Personal data and the Council of Europe Convention [Proposed Decisions (NC)]

Public Accounts Committee: Long-term EU budget 2021–27: financial implications for the UK after Brexit [Proposed Council Regulations (NC)]

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: The EU Civil Protection Mechanism: strengthening EU disaster management [Proposed Decision (NC)]

Science and Technology Committee: Personal data and the Council of Europe Convention [Proposed Decisions (NC)]

Transport Committee: Motor Insurance Directive [Proposed Directive (NC)]

Treasury Committee: Motor Insurance Directive [Proposed Directive (NC)]; SEPA: cost of cross-border money transfers [Proposed Regulation Amendment (NC)]; Long-term EU budget 2021–27: financial implications for the UK after Brexit [Proposed Council Regulations (NC)]





Published: 10 July 2018