Department for Work and Pensions: Brexit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which EU agencies her Department plans to seek continued membership of after the UK has left the EU; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government is working to take forward the mandate from Parliament to seek legally binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU. When these changes have been finalised, the Government will seek parliamentary approval of the Agreement. Once the Withdrawal Agreement is approved, the terms of the UK’s participation in EU agencies and programmes during the Implementation Period, will be as set out in Article 128 of the Withdrawal Agreement. Work will also commence to discuss and shape our future relationship with the EU, which will build on the content of the Political Declaration. These future partnership discussions will determine the UK’s membership to EU agencies and programmes after the Implementation Period.

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