The UK left the EU at end of January 2020. The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (an international treaty) requires a Joint Committee staffed by the EU and the UK to operate the Withdrawal Agreement going forward.
The Withdrawal Agreement contains specific measures that will apply in Northern Ireland after the transition period expires, i.e. from 1st January 2021.
The Joint Committee (amongst other matters) will oversee and operate these Northern Ireland measures.
The first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee will take place on Monday 30th March (by remote means).
The meeting will be co-chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and Vice-President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.
The agenda will include four items:
1. Introduction and opening remarks from co-chairs
2. UK/EU Updates on implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement
3. Tasks and responsibilities of the Specialised Committees
The UK Delegation will include:
● Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
● The Paymaster General, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP