25 January 2021
The rushed entry into force of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 31 December 2020 left a lot of questions unanswered, as made clear by a 300-page document circulated amongst EU member states and published today by Statewatch.
See: NOTE from: General Secretariat of the Council to: Delegations: EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: - Compilations of written questions and answers (WK 793/2021 INIT, LIMITE, 20 January 2021, pdf)
The document contains questions from the member states (who are not identified) and answers from the European Commission, which negotiated the agreement on behalf of the EU.
The application of the agreement is currently provisional, pending the consent of the European Parliament (which has promised to examine it in detail) and a final decision by the Council of the EU.
The UK parliament, meanwhile, approved the agreement in a matter of days.
A new report from a UK parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinising the text sets out future possibilities for ensuring parliamentary scrutiny of the UK-EU relationship.
The committee itself was recently abolished by Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative MP and Leader of the House of Common. "It’s yet another example of parliamentary scrutiny being stymied by Boris Johnson," former committee member Joanna Cherry MP told The Independent.
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