The negotiations are of immense significance to the future of the UK. The rights of EU and UK citizens currently living in each other’s countries, our internal security, and the long-term prosperity of the UK are all going to be shaped by these negotiations."We can’t afford to get this wrong, and we urge the government to ensure that effective scrutiny is placed at the heart of its plans." Read more: Conservative support jumps after Theresa May becomes Prime Minister
The report added that "it is inconceivable that [the negotiations] should be conducted without effective parliamentary oversight. It follows that full parliamentary involvement throughout the negotiations will ultimately assist the government itself, as well as being in the public interest." The Lords stressed that withdrawal negotiations should take place in the knowledge, at the very least, of the likely shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The report also said that the fact Article 50 won't be triggered by the end of the year raises the prospect that informal negotiation could take place. "Although it currently seems unlikely that the European Commission (which is formally responsible under Article 50 for conducting negotiations on withdrawal) would contemplate participation, the government may try to agree a common approach to a number of key issues in discussion with the other Member States (who, as the European Council, would be responsible for agreeing a negotiating mandate for the Commission)," it said.