Brexit

These links provide members with a guide to relevant information regarding the UK’s referendum and Brexit from various sources. Links will be regularly updated.

The sidebar on the right has PDFs of a 'Brexit bibliography' listing relevant articles which consider the legal implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

The Bar Council

The Bar Council set up the Brexit Working Group to “examine the range of complex issues arising from Brexit and to help the Government identify the legal and constitutional priorities.” Members of this group wrote The Brexit papers which “were produced to help ministers and civil servants pin point the most pressing legal concerns arising from the UK's withdrawal from the EU.”

The Brexit papers: second edition (Mar 2017)               

The Brexit papers (Dec 2016)

Report on EU membership:

Executive summary 

Paper I: New Settlement or Brexit? Key legal issues for the UK's post-referendum relationship with the EU 

Paper II: Reform or withdrawal?  The legal impact on finance, business, work and free movement 

Paper III: Reform or withdrawal? Rights and justice

Bar Council EU Referendum Debate (Jun 2016)

Chambers - blogs & analysis

Brick Court Chambers Brexit Law blog

Coram Chambers Brexit: children’s rights at risk or future opportunity in the global era? (28/2/17)

Doughty Street Chambers news on Brexit

Free Movement blog  Blog written by Colin Yeo, an immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers. One specific section on EU Free Movement.

Guildhall Chambers

Future-proofing against Brexit in insolvency cases written by Stefan Ramel of Guildhall Chambers (Nov 2016)

Landmark Chambers Brexit blog

Matrix Chambers Brexit hub

Monckton Brexit Blog

More on The Bar’s Brexit blogs read: ‘The Bar’s Brexit blogs’ [January 2017] Counsel 40–42.

Law Societies

The Law Society (The Law Society of England and Wales)

Brexit and the legal sector Regularly updated information, advice and insight for solicitors.

Brexit and the law - Law Society report (Jan 2017) Report analysing the impact of Brexit on legal services and the justice system.

Law Society of Scotland on Brexit

The Law Societies' office in Brussels Set up by the Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Scotland and Law Society of Northern Ireland. Its main functions are monitoring EU policy and legislative developments and representing the profession within European institutions. Its website includes a specific section on Brexit.

Law Firms - blogs & analysis

Allen & Overy

Bird & Bird

DLA Piper

Fisher Meredith Solicitors

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Kingsley Napley

Simmons & Simmons

Travers Smith

UK Government & Parliament

Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50 (29/3/17)

Brexit: next steps of UK’s withdrawal from the EU UK Parliament’s analysis of how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK.

Research briefings Research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).

Second Reading The House of Commons Library blog. It has a particular section specifically dedicated to Brexit. It is possible to subscribe in order to receive new analysis published on this blog.

Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) Department responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Announcements by DExEU

Publications by DExEU

Exiting the European Union Committee (Commons) Committee appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the DExEU and matters falling within the responsibilities of associated public bodies.

News - Exiting the EU Committee

Inquiries - Exiting the EU Committee

Publications - Exiting the EU Committee

European Scrutiny Committee (Commons) This Committee, appointed under Standing Order No. 143, assesses the legal and/or political importance of draft EU legislation deposited in Parliament by the Government.

            News - European Scrutiny Committee

            Inquiries - European Scrutiny Committee

            Publications - European Scrutiny Committee

EU Select Committee (Lords) This Committee scrutinises the UK Government’s policies and actions in respect of the EU; considers and seeks to influence the development of policies and draft laws proposed by the EU institutions; and more generally represents the House of Lords in its dealings with the EU institutions and other Member States.

            News - EU Select Committee

            Inquiries - EU Committee

            Publications - EU Committee  

EU Justice Sub-Committee This Committee scrutinises proposals in the field of criminal justice and procedure, fundamental rights, and copyright and intellectual property. Their remit also includes scrutinising proposals related to institutions and consumer protection.

            News - EU Justice Sub-Committee

            Inquiries - EU Justice Sub-Committee

            Publications - EU Justice Sub-Committee

Scottish Parliament

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee The role of the Committee is to scrutinise the Scottish Government’s policies and expenditure in relation to several matters including implications of the EU referendum on Scotland, EU legislation and EU issues.

Brexit Update Weekly publication by the Scottish Parliament's Information Centre (SPICe) on the UK's exit from the EU. It is possible to join the mailing list.

Welsh Assembly

External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee Established on 28 June 2016. The committee’s aim is to take evidence to understand the full implications of the referendum decision on Wales.

Brexit updates Regular updates published by The Research Service of the National Assembly

Brexit in Wales The National Wales Assembly blog

Northern Ireland Assembly

EU matters A newsletter which is intended as a selection of items regarding the EU potentially of interest to NI Assembly committees. It also includes Brexit-related topics including events. It is possible to subscribe to this newsletter.

            Issue 01/2017 BREXIT Negotiation Focus (Apr 2017)

Legislation

Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (The Great Repeal Bill White Paper, Cm 9446, Mar 2017)

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union (White paper, Cm 9417, Feb 2017)

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017

Debates on all stages of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17

Cases

R (on the application of Miller and another) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Appellant) (24/1/17)

Citation: [2017] UKSC 5

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2016-0196.html

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf

REFERENCE by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland - In the matter of an application by Agnew and others for Judicial Review (24/1/17)

Citation: [2017] UKSC 5

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2016-0201.html

https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf

REFERENCE by the Court of Appeal (Northern Ireland) – In the matter of an application by Raymond McCord for Judicial Review (24/1/17)

            Citation: [2017] UKSC 5

               hthttps://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2016-0205.html

               https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf

R (Miller) -v- Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (3/11/16)

Citations: [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin), [2017] 1 All ER 158

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/judgments/r-miller-v-secretary-of-state-for-exiting-the-european-union/

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/r-miller-v-secretary-of-state-for-exiting-eu-amended-20161122.pdf

McCord’s (Raymond) Application [2016] NIQB 85 (28/10/16)

Ireland

Below is a set of links relating to the legal implications of Brexit from the perspective of institutions, organisations and publications within the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish Bar

Meeting of the Seanad special select committee on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union – Implications for the Irish economy of hard and soft exit scenarios: civil justice issues – submissions of the Bar of Ireland (2/5/17)

Irish Government & Parliament

Ireland and the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union: The Government’s Approach (May 2017)

Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union A Committee established by Seanad Éireann (Senate of Ireland) in February 2017 to consider the implications for Ireland of the withdrawal with particular reference to the implications for the Irish economy; relations between the State and Northern Ireland; the citizenship rights of all the people of Northern Ireland; the Common Travel Area and the Border; agriculture and fisheries; transport, energy and communications; welfare, health and education; and such other related matters as the Committee may determine.

Recent debates in the Houses of Oireachtas (National Parliament) on ‘Brexit’ and ‘Brexit and Special Designation for the North’ can be found here.

Other Resources

Centre for Cross Border Studies A joint university research centre on North-South economic, political and cultural relations in the island of Ireland. Part of its website is dedicated to the UK referendum on EU membership, including reports, articles and events.

The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) Irish think tank on European and International affairs. More on their Brexit coverage including publications, reports and Brexit microsite can be found here.

Irish Centre for European Law An academic centre at Trinity College Dublin, it "is a neutral body that seeks to promote knowledge, understanding and the good practice of EU law and European Human Rights law." Available on the website is a series of Brexit-themed conference papers.

Law Society of Ireland Gazette The publication of the Law Society of Ireland, which features some articles on Brexit. Latest issues available freely online. Gazette archive can be searched here.

European Union

European Commission

Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom A department of the European Commission which is in charge of preparing and conducting the negotiations with the UK. News related to this department, negotiation documents and leadership & organisation chart can be found on this website.

European Commission Representation in United Kingdom

Position paper transmitted to the UK: essential principles on the financial settlement (12/6/17)

Position paper transmitted to the UK: essential principles on citizens' rights (12/6/17)

Terms of Reference for the Article 50 TEU negotiations (19/6/17)

Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the UK  (3/5/17)

Annex to Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the UK (3/5/17)

European Council

The European Council tracker of events related to Brexit.

Brexit: Negotiating directives (22/5/17)

Guiding principles for transparency in Brexit negotiations (22/5/17)

Update: Report by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the Special European Council (Art. 50) of 29 April (17/5/17)

Council decision to create a dedicated working party on Article 50 TEU (15/5/17)

European Council (Art. 50) guidelines for Brexit negotiations (29/4/17)

Statement by the European Council (Art. 50) on the UK notification (29/3/17)

European Parliament

Brexit

EuroparlTV - Brexit

European Parliament Information Office in London - Brexit

UK withdrawal from the European Union: Legal and procedural issues (Mar 2017) This paper produced by  European Parliamentary Research Service considers some of the legal and procedural issues surrounding the United Kingdom’s planned withdrawal from the European Union.

European Parliament resolution of 5 April 2017 on negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union (5/4/17)

European Parliament - Committee on Constitutional Affairs

Study: The impact and consequences of Brexit on acquired rights of EU citizens living in the UK and British citizens living in the EU-27 (May 2017)

Study: The Impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar (Apr 2017)

The Brexit Negotiations: An Assessment Of The Legal, Political And Institutional Situation In The UK  (Mar 2017)

Policy Department Study: Brexit and the European Union: General Institutional and Legal Considerations (Jan 2017)

Contribution of AFCO on the implications of the UK withdrawal from the EU (Jan 2017)

Libraries

The Legal Deposit UK Web Archive Includes a collection of websites to “capture the ‘Brexit’ debate and the debate around the EU Referendum as well as the wider context of UK/EU relations, including media coverage, websites of political parties and other political institutions and groups, campaigning and lobbying, trade unions, professional organisations, businesses, academic debate, culture and arts, public opinion through blogs, comments, and if possible social media.” Further information can also be found here.

EU Referendum Information Guide Produced and provided by the British Library.

Brexit Guide Created by the library of the University of California, Berkley.

News

EurActiv A web portal which is established as an online platform for Brussels and national professionals in EU policies.

EUobserver An independent online newspaper. Its aim is to “support European democracy by giving people the information they need to hold the EU establishment to account.”

Politico A website which covers the global politics and policy, including the EU. It has a specific section on Brexit. It is possible to sign up for Politico Brexit files - a daily afternoon digest of the best coverage and analysis of Britain’s decision to leave the EU from Politico and beyond.

Universities

Cardiff European Documentation Centre A centre of Cardiff University which is a major source of information and expertise about the institutions, activities and policies of the European Union (EU), the countries of Europe, and the wider European continent.

            Guide to the Brexit debate (Apr 2016)

Guide to the EU referendum (Jun 2016)

Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC)  Established in August 2013 to research the UK’s changing constitutional relationships. Based at the University of Edinburgh. The Centre also acts as a hub for a wider network of scholars across the UK and beyond engaged in analysis of contemporary constitutional issues. One of their projects is Brexit Reflections: A guide to the issues which includes a series of Brexit Reflections on key issues for policymakers, pollsters, and the regions and nations of the UK.

Centre for European Legal Studies A centre of University of Cambridge. On its website, there is a specific section dedicated to Brexit including Brexit overview; video series #EU Ask video collection, blogs and videos related to free movement of persons and the new legal order.

Edinburgh Europa Institute A multi-disciplinary research centre within the University of Edinburgh devoted to the study of the governance, institutions, law and policies of the European Union, and of Europe more broadly. It publishes European Futures, an academic blog on Europe and European affairs, as well as research papers some of which look at various aspects of Brexit.

LSE - Blog on Brexit A blog from the London School of Economics. LSE also offers access to an archive of primary research material covering all aspects of the debate around Britain and the European Union including a collection of 2016 referendum leaflets created jointly by the British Library and LSE Library.

Queen's Brexit Resource Guide A guide which comprises articles by academics at Queen’s University Belfast on the subject of Brexit.

UCL - The Constitution Unit This academic unit at University College London provides research, events, news and a blog including Brexit-related topics. In cooperation with UCL European Institute, and UCL School of Public Policy special seminar series and briefing papers focusing on the constitutional consequences that Brexit would have for the UK, for the EU, and for other EU member states were created under the heading: The UK and Europe. Both the seminars and the briefing papers are supported by the UK in a Changing Europe project.

University of Bristol Law School on Brexit A University of Bristol Law School webpage dedicated to Brexit with legal opinions, Brexit-related blog posts and events.

Other Resources

Brexit Competition Law Working Group (BCLWG) The group’s aim is to foster public debate and inform government policy on implications of Brexit for competition law and policy. BCLWG provisional conclusions and recommendations on the implications of Brexit for UK competition law and policy could be found here.

British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) The Institute focuses on legal research across the broad range of public international law, private international law, comparative law and the rule of law, training on international and comparative legal matters as well as organising events. More information on their Brexit Activities can be found here.

Bruegel A European think tank that specialises in economics. Their website includes a regularly updated section on Brexit which includes items of interest to legal researchers.

Chatham House A non-profit organisation and independent policy institute. The organisation’s website contains a specific section on Brexit - After Brexit: Britain's Future.

Civil Litigation Brief This page is from the blog by barrister Gordon Exall, and provides links to articles and other blog posts which discuss the legal implications of Brexit.

Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) The specialist association of the English and Welsh Commercial Bar representing over 1500 individual members and 38 leading barristers’ chambers.

COMBAR Brexit Papers (24/1/17) A series of detailed papers explaining the potential effect of Brexit on the areas of commercial legal practice. They were produced by COMBAR members, in some cases working with non-COMBAR specialists including solicitors, academics and retired judges.

The Constitution Society An independent educational foundation which debates constitutional reform. It has produced a number of reports on the constitutional and legal implications of Brexit, here and here.

EU Law Analysis Blog A blog focusing on EU law developments. Some blog post are related to Brexit.

Family Bar Association (FLBA)

Brexit and Family Law press release (20/12/16) Information about the Chair of the FLBA, Philip Marshall QC, giving evidence before the House of Commons Justice Committee on the topic of the impact of Brexit on Family Law. The session has been recorded and is available online here. FLBA also prepared a paper called Brexit and Family Law (23/11/16) which is available to download on the association website.

Full Fact The UK’s independent fact-checking charity. On their website, they have one section specifically dedicated to Brexit in Law.

Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) A professional association the majority of whose members are barristers, solicitors and advocates practising in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. ILPA commissioned and published a set of position papers on legal issues relating to the EU referendum - Brexit briefings (May 2016) and also has commissioned a series of papers from leading practitioners and academics regarding post-Brexit immigration system - Brexit advocacy series.

Institute for Government A think tank and charity which “provides research and analysis, topical commentary and public events to explore the key challenges facing government.” The IfG has launched a major programme of work looking at the negotiations, the UK’s future relationship with the EU and the impact of Brexit on the UK union.

LexisNexis Webinars on Brexit Available on subscription or for individual purchase. This webinar series looks at the mechanism for Brexit and the potential models that may be followed as well as examining the likely impact on the UK legal system as a whole and the practice areas that will be most affected.

Public Law for Everyone A blog written by Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. There are several blog posts dedicated to Brexit-related topics.

Scottish Centre on European Relations to Other Resources A new independent EU think tank, based in Edinburgh, that informs, debates and provides research and analysis of European Union developments and challenges including Brexit, with a particular focus on Scotland’s EU interests and policies.

The UK in a Changing Europe An initiative which aims to “promote rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union”. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and based at King’s College London.