Leaving the EU: Local Government Consultation After Withdrawal

This House of Lords Library Briefing provides an overview of the formal advisory role that local government currently has in the EU law and policy-making process through its membership of the European Union Committee of the Regions, and briefly discusses the UK Government’s plans for replicating the consultative rights of local authorities after the UK withdraws from the Union.

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.