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Brexit

These links provide members with a guide to relevant information regarding the legal site of the UK’s referendum and Brexit from various mostly free sources. Links are regularly updated.

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: third edition (June 2017); The Brexit papers: second edition (Mar 2017); The Brexit papers (Dec 2016)

Report on EU membership (Jun 2016)

Bar Council EU Referendum Debate (Jun 2016)

Chambers - blogs & analysis

Atkin Chambers Barristers Brexit Bulletin

Brick Court Chambers Brexit Law blog

Free Movement blog  A blog founded by Colin Yeo, an immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers. One specific section is dedicated to EU Free Movement. Access to most old posts is now limited to members of the website.

Landmark Chambers Brexit blog

Matrix Chambers Brexit hub

Monckton Chambers Brexit Blog

Monckton Chambers EU Relations Law blog

Law Societies

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

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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

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hogan Lovells

Kingsley Napley

Travers Smith

UK Government & Parliament

The UK transition A governmental website which provides information regarding new rules from January 2021.

Brexit: research and analysis Research and analysis from Parliament's libraries and committees on issues related to leaving the European Union.

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).

House of Commons Library A hub which brings together research briefings, insight articles, blog posts, dashboards, podcasts and videos. It has a section which is dedicated to Brexit.      

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 (14 July 2016 to 31 January 2020)

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 (14 July 2016 to 31 January 2020)

Interparliamentary Forum on Brexit It consisted of the Chairs and Conveners of Committees scrutinising Brexit-related issues in the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, House of Commons and House of Lords. It was intended to provide a forum to discuss the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, and collective scrutiny of that process in legislatures across the UK (Oct 2017 – Apr 2019)

Cabinet Office & Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street For more information about the relationship between the UK and the EU from 1 February 2020

UK Brexit-related documents

The Future Relationship with the EU. The UK’s Approach to Negotiations (Feb 2020)

Collection of papers (technical notes) ‘How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal’ (Aug 2018 - Jan 2020)

Security, law enforcement and criminal justice – a future partnership paper (18/9/17)

Foreign policy, defence and development: a future partnership paper (12/9/17)

Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper (6/9/17)

The exchange and protection of personal data – a future partnership paper (24/8/17)

Enforcement and dispute resolution – a future partnership paper (23/8/17)

Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework – a future partnership paper (22/9/17)

Confidentiality and access to documents – a position paper (21/8/17)

Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK – position paper (21/8/17)

Northern Ireland and Ireland – a position paper (16/8/17)

Future customs arrangements: a future partnership paper (15/8/17)

Scottish Government & 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

SPICe Brexit Update Weekly publication by the Scottish Parliament's Information Centre (SPICe) on the UK's exit from the EU (Sep 2016 – Jan 2020)

Post-Brexit Hub A hub by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre which reflects on new domestic constitutional arrangements affecting Scotland after Brexit.

SPICe research briefings Include regular research briefings on EU-UK future relationship negotiations under ‘EU and International Affairs’ 

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

Brexit and Northern Ireland A section on the website of Northern Ireland Assembly in which The Northern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) compiled information and resources relating to the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland including Brexit related Research Publications, Brexit related Blog Posts (Research Matters), Brexit and Northern Ireland: A Reading List.

Brexit Brief A resource on Brexit compiled by the Northern Ireland Assembly EU Affairs Manager.

Legislation

Legislation.gov.uk - EU legislation and UK law

Legislation.gov.uk - Legislation originating from the EU

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (Sep 2020)

UK government’s Internal Market White Paper (Jul 2020)

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (Jan 2020)

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill  (21/10/2019)

New Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration (19/10/2019)

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Sep 2019)

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Jun 2018)

Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (The Great Repeal) (Mar 2017)

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 (Mar 2017)

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union (Feb 2017)

The Belfast Agreement (The Good Friday Agreement) (1998)

Cases

Vince v Prime Minister [2019] CSOH 77

R (on the application of Miller) (Appellant) v The Prime Minister (Respondent) Cherry and others (Respondents) v Advocate General for Scotland (Appellant) (Scotland) [24/9/19] {[2019] UKSC 41}

Joanna Cherry QC MP and others (11/9/19) {[2019]CSIH49P680/19]}

The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (legal continuity) (Scotland) bill - A Reference by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland (Scotland) [13/12/18] {[2018] UKSC 64}

Wightman and Others (10/12/18) [C-621/18]

R (on the application of Miller and another) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Appellant) (24/1/17) {[2017] UKSC 5}

REFERENCE by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland - In the matter of an application by Agnew and others for Judicial Review (24/1/17) {[2017] UKSC 5}

REFERENCE by the Court of Appeal (Northern Ireland) - In the matter of an application by Raymond McCord for Judicial Review (24/1/17) {[2017] UKSC 5}

R (Miller) -v- Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (3/11/16) {[2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin), [2017] 1 All ER 158}

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

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

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Getting Ireland Brexit ready

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

Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions (Jun 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) 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 etc. (Feb 2017 - Dec 2019)

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.

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.

European Union

Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom A diplomatic representation which was established following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to ‘promote EU policies in the UK by engaging with Her Majesty's Government, political actors, the media, academia, business, the civil society and the wider British public. Together with the embassies of EU Member States we also raises awareness on the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit.’ Note that the European Commission Representation in the UK ceased all its activities as of 1 February 2020.

European Commission

The European Union and the United Kingdom – forging a new partnership A website linking to information from the European Union about negotiations with the United Kingdom after 31 January 2020. It contains various sections, such as Brexit in brief; The future partnership; The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement; Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF)

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 as well as leadership & organisation chart can be found on this website. All negotiating documents on Article 50 negotiations published by this department including agendas for negotiation rounds and position papers can be found here

Brexit preparedness A webpage which provides access to Preparedness notices; Legislative initiatives; Other preparedness activities; National Brexit information in Member States; Citizens’ rights

Getting ready for the end of the transition period A website which publishes updates of various ‘notices for readiness’ taking account the transition period and the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement  

Documents

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as agreed at negotiators' level on 14 November 2018 (14/11/18)

European Commission Draft Withdrawal Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (28/2/2018)

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

Brexit This page gives an overview of the latest and upcoming meetings, press releases, policies related to the work of the Council of the EU and the European Council in the area of Brexit.

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)

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

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Brexit Steering Group The purpose of this group was to ‘coordinate and prepare Parliament's deliberations, considerations and resolutions on the UK's withdrawal from the EU’. The documents which relate to activities of this Group can be found here. From February 2020   succeeded by the UK Coordination group

UK Coordination Group The Group monitors the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom

European Parliament Information Office in London - Brexit

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

The (ir-)revocability of the withdrawal notification under Article 50 TEU (Jan 2018)

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)

            European Parliamentary Research Service publications:

                        EU and UK citizens' rights after Brexit (June 2020)

                        The Brexit negotiations: Issues for the first phase (July 2019)

                        The EU-UK withdrawal agreement (July 2019)

                        UK withdrawal from the European Union: Legal and procedural issues (Mar 2017)

The Publications Office of the European Union An interinstitutional office whose task is to publish the publications of the institutions of the European Union. It has a specific section on Brexit where various publications published by the EU are listed. Most of them can be downloaded free of charge

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.

Universities

Brexit institute A hub established by the Dublin City University with the aim to explore how Brexit impacts on government, business and society at large.

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)

Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC)  Established in 2013 to research the UK’s changing constitutional relationships. Based at the University of Edinburgh. 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 on Brexit A guide which comprises articles by academics at Queen’s University Belfast on the subject of Brexit.

QMUL School of Law experts on Brexit  Posts which relate to Brexit topics or highlight various articles written by QMUL academics.

UCL - The Constitution Unit This academic unit at UCL 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.

UCL Europe Blog The blog is maintained by the UCL European Institute. It features a range of posts, videos and publications on various topics including Brexit.

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 Blogs

The Brexit Blog - Analysing UK-EU relations A blog written by Tim Oliver, a Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University London

Cosmopolis A blog of Adrian Berry (Garden Court Chambers). One section dedicated to posts on Brexit.

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

EU & Competition Law A blog written by lawyers specialising in competition law. Brexit-related posts can be found here.

European Law Blog A blog written by young academics and practitioners from around the world. Its aim is to highlight and comment on current developments in EU case law and legislation. Blog posts on Brexit can be found here.

Public Law for Everyone A blog written by Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. It includes a section containing articles on topics related to Brexit.

Other Resources

Brexit Competition Law Working Group (BCLWG) The group’s aim was to foster public debate and inform government policy on implications of Brexit for competition law and policy. The working group is now dissolved but their final report submitted to Government and published in June 2017 is available online.

BrexitLawNI ‘This project seeks to identify the constitutional, legal, human rights and equality aspects of Brexit for Northern Ireland, the relevant obligations and the options for going forward.’

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 and organising events. More information on their Brexit coverage can be found here and also under Rule of Law analysis of Brexit produced by the Bingham Centre.

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.

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.

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.

European Union Law Resource Centre A platform run by the Oxford University Press (OUP) offering Brexit updates from a variety of different perspectives. It includes contribution from authors of books published by the OUP. More information can be also found here.

Family Bar Association (FLBA) - Brexit and Family Law (Oct 2017)

Full Fact The UK’s independent fact-checking charity. On their website, there is a section specifically dedicated to Brexit in Law.

Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) A professional association whose members practise 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 a series of papers regarding post-Brexit immigration system - Brexit advocacy series.

Lawyers for a People’s Vote ‘Lawyers for a People's Vote has been established to support the calls for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal negotiated by the UK Government’.  Articles are published on their blog. It ceased to exist in February 2020.

Lawyers in for Britain A website of lawyers who ‘consider that the UK’s interests are best served by remaining in the EU’. A report - The UK and the EU: Benefits, Misconceptions and Alternatives – can be downloaded from the website as well as Briefings on key legal issues

Lawyers for Britain A website of a group of lawyers, legal academics, retired judges who came together to campaign for a Leave vote in the referendum. Articles on the website deal with various themes connected to Brexit.

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.

Oxford Public International Law - Updated Debate Map: Brexit  An Oxford University Press product. ‘It indexes analysis of and information about the legal consequences of the Brexit, focusing specifically on the mechanics of leaving the EU and the impact on EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU—as well as on trade, the environment, and human rights protection in the UK’

The SIFT project The acronym stands for Statutory Instruments: Filtering and Tracking. It is a project of Public Law Project which ‘employs specialist lawyers who assist individuals experiencing personal disadvantage, or charities or organisations representing the interests of marginalised or disadvantaged groups’. The goal of the SIFT Project is to scrutinise the SIs created to facilitate Brexit, to check they conform to public law standards and do not undermine fundamental rights.

UK Environmental Law Association A membership organisation for anyone interested in environmental law. It has a specific webpage dedicated to Brexit. It published UKELA Brexit Task Force: Summary report on stage one (2017/2018)

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, and based at King’s College London