Today, the House of Lords European Union Committee published a report setting out their analysis of the EU’s negotiating mandate on the future EU-UK relationship.

Under the terms of section 29 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, scrutiny committees from either UK Houses of Parliament are empowered to “report on legislation that they consider raises matters of “vital national interest to the United Kingdom””. This is the first report by the Committee using its section 29 powers. The Committee’s report also proposes a motion, if moved, that the report be debated in the House of Lords within 14 sitting days from publication.

The Committee’s report provides an overview of: (a) the extent of the differences in the UK and EU’s negotiating mandates; and (b) how the position on the future relationship has changed since the revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration were agreed in October 2019.