Negotiation of the Future Relationship between the European Union and the UK Government

 

About the Inquiry

An inquiry to monitor and scrutinise the negotiations of the future relationship between the European Union and the UK Government and their implications for Scotland.

Evidence

Oral Evidence: September 2020

24 September 2020: Internal Market

The Committee took evidence from Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union and Labour Law, University of Cambridge; Professor Michael Dougan, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, University of Liverpool; and Professor Michael Keating, Director, Centre on Constitutional Change.

The following written submissions for this meeting were received:

The Committee's adviser on international trade, Fabian Zuleeg, produced a paper on the key features of the European single market and the UK Internal Market Bill for this meeting:

17 September 2020: External Research on Checks on Goods Imported into the European Union

The Committee took evidence from Anna Jerzewska, Customs and Trade Consultant.

Oral Evidence: May - June 2020

Due to the change in priorities to Parliamentary business during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Committee agreed to postpone its planned evidence sessions on the future relationship negotiations with sectoral stakeholders. In its place, the Committee agreed to hold evidence sessions with experts on the negotiations and with the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs in order to take stock of the progress made in, and the timetable for, the negotiations. The Committee also agreed to accept written submissions from the individuals and organisations who were invited to the postponed evidence sessions.

25 June 2020

The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, UK Government

18 June 2020

The Committee took from Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

11 June 2020

The Committee took evidence from Professor Sarah Hall, Professor of Economic Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham; Elspeth Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Fishermen's Federation; and Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors.

Following the meeting on 11 June 2020, Professor Sarah Hall provided an additional written submission:

4 June 2020

The Committee took evidence from Philip Rycroft, Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union

26 May 2020

The Committee took evidence from David McAllister MEP, UK Coordination Group in the European Parliament.

Oral Evidence: January - March 2020

Prior to the commencement of the inquiry, the Committee held evidence sessions on the Withdrawal Agreement and negotiation of the future relationship on the following dates:

5 March 2020 

The Committee took evidence from Rt Hon Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland; Gillian McGregor CBE, Director and Nick Leake, Deputy Director, Policy, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland.

20 February 2020 

The Committee took evidence from Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and David Barnes, Head of EU Exit Strategy and Negotiations, Scottish Government.

23 January 2020

The Committee took evidence from Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist, European Policy Centre; Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform; Dame Mariot Leslie, Former UK Diplomat and Member of the First Minister's Standing Council on Europe; and Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London.

Written Submissions       

The following written submissions have been received:

External Research

The Committee commissioned external research from Anna Jerzewska, Customs and Trade Consultant, on the checks that are carried out on goods imported into the European Union.  The research considers the customs checks that are required both at the border and away from the border and at a range of physical settings including land borders, ports and airports.  The research considers these checks in relation to a range of trading relationships that the EU has with a variety of third countries including Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Canada, Japan and Australia and the Faroe Islands.  A copy of the report can be accessed at—

Briefing Papers

The Committee’s adviser on International Trade has produced a paper detailing the International Agreements the UK Government has entered into as of March 2020:

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Scottish and UK Governments on 30 April 2020 in relation to future relationship negotiations:

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs replied to the Convener's letter on 26 May 2020:

The UK Government Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster replied to the Convener's letter on 9 June 2020:

The Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs wrote to the Convener on 3 June 2020 in relation to the Scottish Government's publication COVID-19: the Case for Extending the Brexit Transition Period:

Following the evidence session on 25 June 2020, the Convener wrote to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in relation to the future relationship negotiations:

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster replied to the Convener's letter on 22 July 2020:

Following the evidence session on 17 September 2020, the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in relation to checks on goods imported into the European Union:

 
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