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 Library publishes weekly Brexit updates on our blog.
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: third Edition (23/6/17)
The Brexit papers: second edition (Mar 2017)
The Brexit papers (Dec 2016)
Bar Council EU Referendum Debate (Jun 2016)
Chambers - blogs & analysis
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 older Free Movement blog posts is now limited to members of the website.
Future-proofing against Brexit in insolvency cases written by Stefan Ramel of Guildhall Chambers (Nov 2016)
More on The Bar’s Brexit blogs read: ‘The Bar’s Brexit blogs’ [January 2017] Counsel 40–42.
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.
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
UK Government & Parliament
UK Brexit Papers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK decision to leave the European Union Hub ‘This hub is intended to be useful to those seeking information on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the process for leaving and the negotiations of a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Material has been selected by impartial researchers within the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.’
Scotland’s Place in Europe (Jan 2018)
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 A section on the website of Northern Ireland Assembly where 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.
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. EU Matters newsletter was replaced by Brexit Brief.
The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union (White paper, Cm 9593, Jul 2018)
The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union (White paper, Cm 9417, Feb 2017)
Citation:  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)
Citation:  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)
Citation:  UKSC 5
Citations:  EWHC 2768 (Admin),  1 All ER 158
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
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.
Brexit: Implications and Potential Solutions (Jun 2017)
Recent debates in the Houses of Oireachtas (National Parliament) on ‘Brexit’ and ‘Brexit and Special Designation for the North’ can be found here.
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.
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 and Other preparedness activities.
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)
Brexit: Negotiating directives (22/5/17)
Brexit Steering Group The purpose of this group is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on international and comparative legal matters as well as organising events. More information on their Brexit Activities as well as specifically on their Brexit research (including CIGI-BIICL Brexit Papers and Expert Working Group on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Rule of Law) can be found on their website.
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.
European Law Blog A blog written by young academics as well as 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.
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.
The Expert Working Group on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Rule of Law This group was set up on 9 October 2017 by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in partnership with University College London’s Constitution Unit. The purpose of the group is to ‘consider the implications of the Bill for the rule of law and to generate informed discussion about the most significant rule of law issues raised by the Bill in order to inform debates about it, and how it could be improved, in parliament and among the wider public.’ More information, including a press release on the launch of the Group as well as discussion papers, is available here.
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. An updated paper Brexit and Family Law (Oct 2017) is now also available.
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.
Lawyers for Britain A website of a group of lawyers, legal academics, retired judges and constitutional specialists who initially came together to campaign for a Leave vote in the referendum. Since the vote, they have been joined also by lawyers who supported Remain. The website offers legal views and news as well as Brexit legal guides.
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.
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.
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.