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Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 6th February 2017.

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“Before issuing any notification under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union the Prime Minister shall give an undertaking to—

(a) lay before each House of Parliament periodic reports, at intervals of no more than two months on the progress of the negotiations under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union;

(b) lay before each House of Parliament as soon as reasonably practicable a copy in English of any document which the European Council or the European Commission has provided to the European Parliament or any committee of the European Parliament relating to the negotiations;

(c) make arrangements for Parliamentary scrutiny of confidential documents.”—(Matthew Pennycook.)

This new clause establishes powers through which the UK Parliament can scrutinise the UK Government throughout the negotiations.

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