Brexit Bulletin—plans to recall UK and EU Parliaments if needed to approve a last-minute deal

Brexit Bulletin—plans to recall UK and EU Parliaments if needed to approve a last-minute deal

In a business statement, Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, confirmed plans for the Commons to rise for the Christmas recess on 17 December 2020, returning on 5 January 2021. The Lords recess dates are 17 December 2020 until 5 January 2021. Recognising that talks on the future UK-EU relationship remain ongoing, the Commons Leader confirmed the government’s intention to request a recall of Parliament if a deal is secured, so that the necessary legislation can be passed (with dates to be confirmed). The European Parliament issued a statement welcoming efforts to avoid a no-deal outcome at the end of the transition period and confirmed its readiness to organise an extraordinary plenary session towards the end of December if an agreement is reached by midnight on 20 December 2020, provided that the treaty text is made available in good time. The talks are said to be in the ‘final stretch’, with EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, reporting that there had been ‘good progress, but last stumbling blocks remain’.


• Hansard, House of Commons, 17 December 2020—Business of the House

• European Parliament—Statement of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament on the EU-UK future relationship negotiations

 European Commission—Press statement by Vice-President Šefčovič following the fifth ordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

• Twitter—Michel Barnier

For further detail, see: LNB News 17/12/2020 145.



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