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The House of Commons Committee on the Future Relationship has published two reports, agreed before its term expired. The Fifth Report of Session 2019–21 ‘The shape of future parliamentary scrutiny of UK-EU relations’ sets out the Committee’s recommendations for coordinating future scrutiny of the UK’s relationship with the EU and development of EU policy impacting UK interests. The Committee has also published a Special Report ‘Preparing for the end of the Transition Period, and The UK-EU future relationship: the Trade and Cooperation Agreement’, setting out the government’s response to previous reports published in 2020. Meanwhile, the Committee has published correspondence with the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, which confirms the government’s decision to bring the Committee’s term to an end on 16 January 2021 (in line with the original temporary Standing Orders establishing the Committee on 16 January 2020). The Committee had requested an extension of its term for six months, or until the 2021 Summer recess, to allow time for scrutiny of the last-minute deal reached between the UK and EU at the end of 2020 and the implications of the future UK-EU relationship (and associated outstanding matters). While refusing the request, the Commons Leader said that the government would work with Parliament to ensure ‘proper scrutiny’ of the deal and the continuing relationship between the UK and EU.
In remarks, former Committee Chair Hilary Benn MP said:
‘Now that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement has entered into force, it is in everyone’s interests to build a strong relationship with our friends and neighbours in the EU. Strong and effective Parliamen
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