Parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislation [Archived]
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  • Parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislation [Archived]
  • Establishment and structure of EU Affairs Committees in the UK Parliament
  • The European Scrutiny Committee
  • Standing orders
  • The Scrutiny Reserve Resolution
  • The scrutiny process
  • Overview
  • Legal and political importance
  • Debate of documents
  • Scrutiny of the Council and European Council
  • More...

Parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislation [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

Brexit: This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State and its relationship with the EU is governed by the Withdrawal Agreement, which came into effect on 1 February 2020. In accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK entered an implementation period, during which it continued to be treated as a Member State for many purposes until 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). For background reading, see: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement. For further guidance, see: Brexit toolkit. You may find it useful to refer to this material before continuing your research.

Establishment and structure of EU Affairs Committees in the UK Parliament

Since UK accession to the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, the parliamentary scrutiny of European legislative proposals has been undertaken by Select Committees established within both Houses of Parliament. The purpose of this scrutiny is to review the legislative proposal and consider the financial, administrative and regulatory impact upon the UK.

Today, in addition to scrutiny of EU legislative proposals, both committees also consider broader questions of EU policy determined within the Council and European Council. Since the Treaty of Lisbon 2009, national

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