Last reviewed 14 September 2021

We reported last month that a consultation had been launched on future engagement with business and civil society groups in the context of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) (see Engaging with business on implementation of the EU Trade Agreement).

“The new Domestic Advisory Group and the Civil Society Forum, both required by the TCA, will be important ways to hear from those most involved in implementing the Agreement on the ground”, Lord Frost explained.

Now MPs on the European Scrutiny Committee have decided to take evidence from leading figures from industry, business and the voluntary sector on how the Government will engage with these bodies and their role in setting policy.

Some of the bodies have the power to change the details of the deal itself, the Committee has highlighted, and cover important parts of the agreement such as travel and fishing rights.

Details of the Committee’s inquiry can be found at https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1325/the-institutional-framework-of-the-ukeu-trade-and-cooperation-agreement, where it is confirmed that evidence can be submitted up to 24 September 2021.

The inquiry will focus on:

  • determining the powers and responsibilities of the individual elements of the TCA’s institutional framework and identifying the most important formal powers that these bodies have

  • describing the transparency requirements around the joint UK/EU bodies as set out in the TCA

  • assessing the UK and EU’s respective approaches to representing their interests in the joint bodies

  • considering how the work of these joint bodies may affect the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.