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European Union: negotiations (European Union Committee Report) The Earl of Kinnoull moved that this House agrees with the conclusion of the European Union Select Committee, that the Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, published in draft on 3 February 2020, and adopted in amended form by the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, raises matters of vital national interest to the United Kingdom. Then Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of the Earl of Kinnoull, at end insert “and notes the undertaking of Her Majesty’s Government in paragraph 40 of the Department for International Trade’s summary of responses to a public consultation on trade negotiations with the United States, published on 18 July 2019, to “draw on the expertise and experience of Parliamentarians” by working with a parliamentary committee which would be afforded “access to sensitive information” during the process, before taking a “comprehensive and informed position on the final agreement”; and therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that, in a manner consistent with the European Commission’s treatment of the European Parliament, both Houses of Parliament are able to receive regular updates from ministers, scrutinise all relevant policy documents and legal texts, and debate the terms of emerging agreements, as negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union progress.” After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.

Monday 16 March 2020 between 15:15 and 19:46

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European Union: negotiations (European Union Committee Report) The Earl of Kinnoull moved that this House agrees with the conclusion of the European Union Select Committee, that the Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, published in draft on 3 February 2020, and adopted in amended form by the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, raises matters of vital national interest to the United Kingdom. Then Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of the Earl of Kinnoull, at end insert “and notes the undertaking of Her Majesty’s Government in paragraph 40 of the Department for International Trade’s summary of responses to a public consultation on trade negotiations with the United States, published on 18 July 2019, to “draw on the expertise and experience of Parliamentarians” by working with a parliamentary committee which would be afforded “access to sensitive information” during the process, before taking a “comprehensive and informed position on the final agreement”; and therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that, in a manner consistent with the European Commission’s treatment of the European Parliament, both Houses of Parliament are able to receive regular updates from ministers, scrutinise all relevant policy documents and legal texts, and debate the terms of emerging agreements, as negotiations on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union progress.” After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.
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