House of Lords UK-EU committee seeks views on services sector post-Brexit

An inquiry has been launched into the future of UK-EU relations on trade in services by the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee, chaired by Baroness Donaghy.

This inquiry includes examining the impact of the provisions set out in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, according to a statement released today by the House of Lords.

Recruitment, as part of professional and business services, is one of the service sectors of interest to the committee’s inquiry. Others are financial services, legal services, accountancy, auditing, architecture, engineering, advertising, market research; research and education; creative industries including audio-visual services; and data and digital services.

However, the committee emphasised that their interest is not limited to the service sectors listed.

The committee is interested to hear from companies, membership organisations, representative bodies, government, non-governmental organisations, academics and interested stakeholders and individuals.

“The committee would welcome views on areas of interest which are cross-cutting and may impact on a large number of services sectors, as well as specific sectoral implications,” the statement said. “Submissions are also invited to reflect upon future UK-EU relations on trade in services more broadly.”

Services accounted for 42% of the UK’s exports to the EU in 2019, amounting to over £125bn, the statement said.

Interested individuals and organisations should submit written evidence to the inquiry by 5 February 2021. For more information and a list of specific questions of interest in particular, click here.

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