On A delegation of 19 members of the EFTA Parliamentary Committee (PC) met their counterparts in the Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK) and together they held a series of meetings with other high-ranking officials and stakeholders, during a three-day visit to London on 19-21 March. The main purpose of the visit is to discuss future trade relations between the UK and the EFTA States after Brexit.

The Parliamentary Committee (PC) is a forum for parliamentarians from the four EFTA states, providing the Association with a valuable link to political life in each EFTA country and, through its cooperation with parliamentarians in the European Union, serves as a link between political life in EFTA and the EU. Read more about the Committee here.

The visit to London is one of the most important events of the year, as future relations with the UK are of utmost importance to all EFTA states. The Committee is currently chaired by Ms Karin Keller-Sutter from Switzerland.

In the morning of 20 March, the PC met with members of the Exiting the European Union Committee and the International Trade Committee at the House of Commons.

Ms Keller-Sutter reflected on how the UK exit from the EU will have a direct impact on the relationship between the UK and the EFTA States, as the current agreements (EEA Agreement and Swiss bilateral agreements) will no longer apply to the UK.

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