Following on from the Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Brexit (see below), a new Inter-parliamentary Forum (IPF) was established in February 2022. It is comprised of the Chairs or Conveners from relevant committees in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliament, House of Commons, and House of Lords. The Forum aims to provide a mechanism for dialogue and cooperation on challenges arising from the new constitutional arrangements following the UK’s departure from the EU, and to co-operate in finding solutions to overcome them. Its priorities include scrutiny of inter-governmental relations, international agreements including the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK internal market, Common Frameworks, and the legislative consent process.
On Friday 25 February 2022 the first meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum (IPF) took place in the House of Lords.
Attendees at the first Inter-Parliamentary Forum, which took place in February 2022 | Source: UK Parliament
Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Brexit
The Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Brexit comprised the Chairs and Convenors of Committees scrutinising Brexit-related issues in the House of Commons, House of Lords, Scottish Parliament and Senedd. It held its inaugural meeting in October 2017 and met eight times between October 2017 and September 2019. While the Assembly was not conducting its normal business, Northern Ireland Assembly officials attended all meetings as observers.
The Forum has issued agreed joint statements following its meetings, calling, amongst other things, for the UK and devolved legislatures to have a role in the Government’s review of intergovernmental relations.
The Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Brexit met eight times between 2017 and 2019. You can read statements from the Forum and associated documents by following the links below.