The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019 was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019 and published on 21 October 2019. Second Reading of the Bill in the House of Commons is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October 2019.

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 provides for the ratification and implementation of the WA treaty.

The following House of Commons Library publications provide a guide to The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019 broken down by subject area.

These will be updated throughout the week.

[Note: These publications refer to the previous European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (October 2019). They do not relate to the bill presented to Parliament on 19 December 2019. Readers should be aware that there are significant differences between the two bills.] 

Ratification provisions

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement

The future relationship negotiations

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Parliament’s role in the future UK-EU relationship

The transition period

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Implementing the transition period

Citizens’ rights provisions

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Citizens’ rights

Workers’ rights provision

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Protection for workers’ rights

The financial settlement

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: The financial settlement 


Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Implications for devolved institutions

Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

General Provisions

Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Sovereignty, special status and the Withdrawal Agreement

Further information  

Help for Members of Parliament and their staff  

In addition to writing and updating published papers as bills go through Parliament, the House of Commons Library can assist Members of Parliament and their staff with individual enquiries about bills, particularly on the policy background. 

The Public Bill Office (PBO) supports public bill committees. The staff working in the PBO can advise Members of Parliament on tabling amendments to bills and on the drafting of Private Members’ Bills. 

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