Exiting the European Union Select Committee

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The Exiting the European Union Select Committee is one of a number of select committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the work of the Department for Exiting the European Union. The Department was launched by Prime Minister Theresa May in July 2016, following the 'Leave' vote in the UK's referendum on membership of the European Union.[1]

In November 2017 Parliament voted that a humble address be made to the monarch to direct the government to release its impact assessments regarding the effects of Brexit on the national economy.[2]

The motion, put forward by the opposition, requested:

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the list of sectors analysed under the instruction of Her Majesty's Ministers, and referred to in the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 239, be laid before this House and that the impact assessments arising from those analyses be provided to the Committee on Exiting the European Union.[3]

Membership[edit]

On 19 October 2016, Hilary Benn was elected as the first chairman of the committee.[4] Labour MPs voted for their remaining four representatives from a shortlist on 25 October.[5] The Conservatives selected their representatives on 26 October.[6] The remaining members were published in the House of Commons Order Paper for 27 October, except the SDLP's choice.[7] After the 2017 general election another committee election was held Hilary Benn being re-elected as chair and members announced on 8 September 2017 due to be approved by the House of Commons on 11 September 2017.[8][9] Of the committee 13 backed the remain campaign and 7 backed the leave campaign.

Member Party Constituency EU Referendum position[10]
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP (Chairman) Labour Leeds Central Remain
Peter Bone MP Conservative Wellingborough Leave
Joanna Cherry QC MP Scottish National Edinburgh South West Remain
Sir Christopher Chope MP Conservative Christchurch Leave
The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire Remain
Jonathan Djanogly MP Conservative Huntingdon Remain
Richard Graham MP Conservative Gloucester Remain
Peter Grant MP Scottish National Glenrothes Remain
Wera Hobhouse MP Liberal Democrats Bath Remain
Andrea Jenkyns MP Conservative Morley and Outwood Leave
Jeremy Lefroy MP Conservative Stafford Remain
Seema Malhotra MP Labour Feltham and Heston Remain
The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP Labour Wolverhampton South East Remain
Craig Mackinlay MP Conservative South Thanet Leave
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Conservative North East Somerset Leave
Emma Reynolds MP Labour Wolverhampton North East Remain
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP Labour East Ham Remain
The Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP Conservative Maldon Leave
Hywel Williams MP Plaid Cymru Arfon Remain
The Rt Hon Sammy Wilson MP Democratic Unionist East Antrim Leave

Members in the previous 2015/17 session of Parliament (from October 2016) were as follows:[11][12]

Member Party Constituency EU Referendum position[13]
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP (Chairman) Labour Leeds Central Remain
The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP Conservative North East Bedfordshire Remain
The Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland Remain
Maria Caulfield Conservative Lewes Leave
Joanna Cherry QC MP Scottish National Edinburgh South West Remain
Mark Durkan MP Social Democratic and Labour Foyle Remain
Jonathan Edwards MP Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Remain
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Conservative Surrey Heath Leave
Peter Grant MP Scottish National Glenrothes Remain
Andrea Jenkyns MP Conservative Morley and Outwood Leave
Jeremy Lefroy MP Conservative Stafford Remain
The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP Conservative Hitchin and Harpenden Leave
Seema Malhotra MP Labour Feltham and Heston Remain
Karl McCartney MP Conservative Lincoln Leave
The Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP Labour Wolverhampton South East Remain
Craig Mackinlay MP Conservative South Thanet Leave
Dominic Raab MP Conservative Esher and Walton Leave
Emma Reynolds MP Labour Wolverhampton North East Remain
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP Labour East Ham Remain
The Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP Conservative Maldon Leave
Sammy Wilson MP Democratic Unionist East Antrim Leave

Committee Breakdown[edit]

Party Members Voted Remain Voted Leave
Conservative 10 4 6
Labour 5 5 0
Scottish National 2 2 0
Liberal Democrats 1 1 0
Plaid Cymru 1 1 0
Democratic Unionist 1 0 1
Total 20 13 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department for Exiting the European Union has forty staff — with view to taking on a "couple of hundred"". Civil Service World. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Walker, Peter (2017-11-01). "Government may bow to pressure to release Brexit impact studies". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  3. ^ Maer, Lucinda (1 November 2017). "BRIEFING PAPER Number 8128, Exiting the EU: sectoral impact assessments". House of Commons Library. 
  4. ^ "Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper win select committee chairman elections". BBC News. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Isaby, Jonathan (26 October 2016). "The names in the frame for the Brexit Select Committee". Brexit Central. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Soubry Kept Off Brexit Committee". Euro Guido. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Thursday 27th October 2016 Order Paper No. 51 Part 2" (PDF). p. 37. 
  8. ^ "Monday 11 September 2017 Order Paper No.21: Part 1" (PDF). House of Commons. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee chairs announced". House of Commons. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  11. ^ https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmagenda/OP161027.pdf#page=37
  12. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/Mark-Durkan/1594
  13. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 

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