Weekly Update on UK-EU Relationship: week commencing 11 January 2021
New relationship with the EU.
This week marks Parliament’s first sitting week since the implementation of the UK’s new Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union, with several Committees set to look into the fine detail of the deal this week, before the Prime Minister’s appearance before the Liaison Committee on Wednesday.
Monday 11 January
The House of Commons will commence a general debate on Global Britain, this will mark the UK’s exit from the Transition Period and the implementation of the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union.
The Treasury Select Committee will launch its new inquiry into the UK’s future economic and trading relationship with the EU.
In the Welsh Senedd, the Minister for European Transition, Jeremy Miles, will give evidence to the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee on the future for Wales outside the EU.
Tuesday 12 January
In the House of Lords, the EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee will scrutinise the new arrangements for UK-EU Security Cooperation.
Wednesday 13 January
This will be a busy day of post-Brexit scrutiny as:
- The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will hear from criminal justice experts as they continue their inquiry into Cross-Border co-operation on policing, security and criminal justice after Brexit
- In the Northern Ireland Assembly, the First and deputy First Ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill will appear before the Committee for the Executive Office
- The Committee on the Future Relationship will hear from food representatives and consumer groups on how businesses are adapting to the new post-Brexit trading rules with the EU
- The International Trade Committee will question Minister for International Trade on future UK trade policy
- The Prime Minister will appear before the Commons Liaison Committee to take questions from Select Committee Chairs on the end of the Transition Period and Covid-19
Thursday 14 January
The EU Services Sub-Committee will hear from financial service groups about the future for the industry outside the EU.
The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear from the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs Michael Russell MSP, on the implications of the new UK-EU trade agreement for Scotland.
Lastly, the Welsh Affairs Committee, who will host a similar evidence session with the Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart MP.