After being told by the EU Commission, MEP’s are furious that they CANNOT amend the UK-EU future relationship agreement.
This lack of legislative power has angered many influential MEP’s in the EU Parliament. Representatives from the UK and EU will instruct any alterations or implementations of the agreement through a partnership council made up of representatives from the UK-EU.
A UK Minister and EU Commissioner will head up the body. Representatives from the European Parliament have said that this partnership council cuts out the EU Parliament from making alterations or signing off on any changes.
A French MEP Nathalie Loiseau said: “There is a very insufficient place left in all of this for our Parliament.
“We cannot accept that this agreement can be amended without Parliament’s approval… It can also be suspended without our agreement.
“If we see a part of this agreement is not upheld, then we need to be able to make note of this amendment.
“We need to ensure that no changes can be made to this agreement, and no suspensions of the same can be carried out without previously requesting the consent of Parliament.”
One source from the EU said: “It’s ironic that they’ve created an opaque system stuffed with bureaucrats and unelected officials.”
As a sweetener to the EU Parliament Michel Barnier’s deputy negotiator Clara Martinez Alberola, said: “The Commission is willing to keep Parliament informed of the work of the joint bodies under the TCA, in the same way as we do now.
“Our intention is to follow the same arrangements as far as the briefings before and after the meetings of the Partnership Council and the specialist committee.”