MIL-OSI UK: Emergency debate on UK-EU Brexit negotiations

Source: British Parliament News

18 December 2018
MPs are to hold an emergency debate on the ongoing Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU.

Following an application from SNP Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, the Speaker has granted an emergency debate on the current UK-EU Brexit negotiations. 
Today’s debate is expected to start at around 2.15pm, following today’s statements and urgent questions.
Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available in Hansard online three hours after they happen.
Application for debate
The House of Commons agreed to an application for an emergency debate, made by SNP Westminster Leader, on Monday 17 December 2018. Whilst making his application, the SNP Leader stated that,

“Given the historic nature of UK politics at this moment, I am grateful that you have given this opportunity for an emergency debate on a specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration, namely, that this House should consider the outcomes of the Prime Minister’s recent discussions with the European Commission and the European Heads of Government regarding the withdrawal agreement and potential ways forward.
This Government have been found in contempt of Parliament, yet still the Prime Minister has failed to show any due respect to this place. This House voted to secure a meaningful vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal and the Government agreed to bring that forward last week, yet they have pulled it. They are breaking their promises and showing utter contempt for Parliament and for the constituents whom we represent. The Prime Minister is running around like a headless chicken, going to Europe with the begging bowl and grasping at straws to find a way to appease the hard-right Brexiteers on her own Benches. Europe is not budging and the Prime Minister’s deal is dead. The game is over and the Prime Minister must admit so.”

Emergency debates
An emergency debate is a debate called at short notice in the House of Commons on a matter that should have urgent consideration. An MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.
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MIL-OSI UK: Options facing Government and Parliament following European Council meeting examined

Source: British House of Commons News

18 December 2018
The Committee on Exiting the European Union returns with an evidence session on Wednesday 19 December, part of its over-arching inquiry examining the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Background
Having agreed the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the framework for a future relationship at the European Council on 25 November, the Government must gain parliamentary approval for both documents before ratifying the Agreement, under the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act. This vote was initially expected to take place on 11 December, but was subsequently deferred. In light of this, and the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons following last week’s European Council in Brussels, this session will see the Committee consider the options facing both the Government and Parliament.
Purpose of the session
The Committee is expected to examine the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and what scope exists for renegotiation, along with the various options for the future relationship contained in the accompanying Political Declaration. In its final evidence session before the Christmas recess, the Committee will also consider the extent to which the Government continues to plan for a no-deal scenario, and the processes for extending and revoking Article 50.
Witnesses
Wednesday 19th December 2018, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
From 9.15am
Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law, University of Cambridge
Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations
Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
Henry Newman, Director, Open Europe
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Prime Minister updates MPs on EU Council meeting

Source: British House of Commons News

17 December 2018
Following the EU Council meeting held on 13-14 December 2018, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, updated the House of Commons on discussions which took place.

The European Council met on 13-14 December 2018 where leaders discussed the EU’s long-term budget, migration, the single market and Brexit amongst other topics.
The Prime Minister opened her statement by telling MPs the council had agreed to rollover economic sanctions against Russia and stood ready to strengthen support for Ukraine.
On Brexit, she claimed she had “faithfully and firmly” reflected the concerns of the House of Commons about the Irish backstop.
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