The Exiting the European Union Committee’s first report calls for transitional arrangements on trade, no return to tariffs for UK businesses and parliamentary vote on final deal.
MPs on the cross-party Exiting the European Union Committee have concluded that the Government should publish its Brexit plan by mid-February at the latest. This should set out its position on membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
Ministers should also seek an outline framework on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU as part of the Article 50 negotiations – including appropriate transitional arrangements – if it is not possible to reach a final agreement by the time the UK leaves the EU.
The Committee also wants the Government to commit to Parliament having a vote on the final Treaty.
“This is going to be a hugely complex task and the outcome will affect us all. The Government needs to publish its Brexit plan by mid-February at the latest, including its position on membership of the Single Market and the Customs Union, so that it can be scrutinised by Parliament and the public”- said the Chair of the Committee MP Hilary Benn.
“Ministers should aim to conclude negotiations on trade and market access with the EU-27 by the end of the Article 50 process. However, if a final ratified agreement is not reached by the time the UK leaves the EU, it would be in the interests of both sides to agree a provisional outline framework on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU. The Government should seek appropriate transitional arrangements in the interests of business in the UK and the EU-27.”
“Whatever deal is concluded, Parliament must be given a vote on it and the Government should make this clear now”.
(Source: The Exiting the European Union Committee, House of Commons, UK Parliament)