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UK Membership of EU

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when his Department expects to complete its review of whether Article 127 of the EEA agreement needs to be triggered for the UK to leave the EEA.

Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

As the Secretary of State said when he addressed the House on 7th September, there is agreement that when we leave the EU, the EEA Agreement will no longer operate in respect of the UK. As such, the Government’s legal position is clear: Article 127 does not need to be triggered for the Agreement to cease to have effect. We are considering what steps, if any, we might need to take to formally confirm our withdrawal from the EEA agreement as a matter of international law.

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