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The Government’s Review of the Balance of Competences discussed with academics

10 February 2015

On Tuesday 10 February the House of Lords European Union Select Committee will take evidence from Dr Thomas Horsley, Professor Michael Dougan and Dr Samantha Currie of the University of Liverpool’s European Law Unit.

The Committee will ask about the conduct of the Government’s recent Review of the Balance of Competences between the UK and EU, and its impact on future policy making. Members of the Liverpool European Law Unit have actively engaged with the Review, submitting expert legal analysis in response to calls for evidence across a range of topics.

Witnesses

The evidence session will take place on Tuesday 10 February in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 4.05pm

  • Dr Thomas Horsley, Professor Michael Dougan and Dr Samantha Currie of the University of Liverpool’s European Law Unit

Possible questions

  • Has the Review been conducted in a transparent and open way?
  • How balanced and diverse was the range of stakeholder input? Was the stakeholder engagement genuine and effective?
  • Were the conclusions of the reports based on evidence; or the selection of evidence based on pre-judged conclusions?
  • What is your assessment of how the Government has publicised and used the results of this Review?  Has the Review met the intended desire to provoke a public debate on the relationship between the EU and the UK. If not, how could the reports be used to do so?
  • Other countries have completed similar exercises to this. In disseminating the reports, encouraging debate and applying the conclusions, what lessons might the Government draw from the experience of other countries that have completed exercises similar to this?

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