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On 19 March 2018, Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat) moved an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that sought to clarify and enhance the consultative and advisory role of local government in the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and in domestic law following the UK’s exit from the EU.

Local government currently has a formal advisory role in the EU law and policy-making process through its membership of the European Union Committee of the Regions. The UK Government has not yet provided details on whether this will be replicated domestically after its withdrawal from the EU.

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