The Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes its report (09 December 2018) on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. The Report says that the Prime Minister’s deal fails to offer sufficient clarity or certainty for the future of the UK.
Conclusions and Recommendations
The adoption by the Government and the EU of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship is a significant moment.
Since the Government triggered Article 50, the negotiations have been conducted against a hard deadline and in circumstances of great political sensitivity, reflecting their critical importance to the UK and its place in the world. Parliament will now vote on whether to give its consent to the deal the Government has brought back from Brussels.
In this report, we assess what the deal would mean, and we set out what might happen next, depending on the result of the vote in the House of Commons. However, it is clear that after 20 months of intense negotiations, only the terms of the UK’s exit are fully known; the nature of the future relationship with the European Union is not, and therefore does not provide long-term certainty.
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