This is the European Union Committee’s fourth report on Brexit-related treaties, or international agreements, laid before Parliament in accordance with section 20 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (the CRAG Act).
This report addresses twelve agreements, which we considered at our meeting on 26 February. Three of these agreements are trade agreements, and in Chapter 1 we raise four issues of concern that have arisen in respect of all three agreements: the economic scale of the agreements, and its implications for the Government’s wider programme of rolling over existing EU trade agreements; the Government’s use of ‘short form’ agreements; the arrangements for scrutinising future modifications of these agreements; and the adequacy of the Government’s consultation on these agreements, in particular with the devolved administrations.
We draw special attention to the three trade agreements, on the grounds that in each case they are politically and legally important, giving rise to issues of public policy that the House may wish to debate prior to ratification; and that further consultation, including with the devolved administrations, would be appropriate. The agreements are as follows:
We also draw special attention to the agreements reached with the Eastern and Southern Africa States and with the Faroe Islands on the grounds that the supporting explanatory material provides insufficient information on their policy objectives and on how they will be implemented.
We report the following nine agreements for information: