Brexit Glossary

This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.…

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Brexit: ‘sufficient progress’ to move to phase 2

This paper looks at the path towards ‘sufficient progress’ in the first phase of Brexit negotiations and the Joint Report agreed by the UK Government and the EU. It focuses on the three priority areas: citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The paper also looks at other recent developments and parliamentary consideration of Brexit.…

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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: exit day

This briefing paper addresses the domestic legal concept of exit day, as defined by the provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) as introduced. The paper also addresses some of the amendments tabled relating to exit day, including those tabled by the Government and Sir Oliver Letwin. The paper has been prepared for day 8 of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons, scheduled to take place on 20 December.…

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Brexit: the November negotiations

Was progress made in the sixth round of Brexit negotiations? This paper looks at what happened in the latest round of talks in each of the priority areas and at other developments linked to Brexit in the UK and the EU.…

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Brexit: the October negotiations

What happened in round five of the Brexit negotiations – the last scheduled round in phase one? Did the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the other 27 EU Member State leaders think “sufficient progress” had been made in the priority areas to move on to a discussion of the UK’s future relations with the EU? And what about a transition period or the possibility of a ‘no deal’ scenario? Has the Government planned for this? This note looks at what happened in the October round and other Brexit issues.…

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Brexit: the September negotiations

What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK’s future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ……

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Brexit: the August negotiations

What happened in the third round of Brexit negotiations from 28 to 31 August? Was any progress made in the contentious areas of citizens’ rights for EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU after Brexit? And has the UK agreed to pay the ‘divorce bill’ demanded by the EU? And could the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland remain open and flexible after Brexit? The talks did not resolve these issues, but some aspects were agreed. Will this be enough to allow a move to phase two of the negotiations in October?…

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Brexit: the July negotiations

What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations from 17 to 20 July 2017 and what have we learnt? This first phase of the negotiations aims to reach agreement on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the border between Ireland the Northern Ireland, as well as other separation issues, such as Euratom, EU external agreements and dispute resolution. But there was little evidence of agreement on any of these, and the UK Government has been asked for more clarification at the next round. A lot is at stake, because if sufficient progress isn’t made by October, the negotiations will not move on to future relations, an EU-UK trade agreement or transitional arrangements.…

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