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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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19: Commons consideration of Lords amendments

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has completed its passage through the House of Lords and is now awaiting Commons consideration of Lords amendments. This paper summarises amendments to the Bill during its passage through Parliament and provides information about procedures for Commons consideration of Lords amendments.…

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Brexit: Parliament’s role in approving and implementing agreements with the European Union

There is no domestic legal or constitutional requirement for a vote to be held in Parliament to approve the Withdrawal Agreement before it is concluded by the UK and the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU). The Government can negotiate and sign an international treaty using its prerogative powers and without any formal parliamentary involvement. Article 50 TEU requires the consent of the European Parliament for the Withdrawal Agreement to be approved. …

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Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement

The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.…

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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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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: clause 7 “the correcting power”

This briefing paper covers clause 7 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill), described by David Davis MP, the Secretary State for Exiting the European Union, as the “so-called correcting power”. The paper has been prepared for day 6, scheduled to take place on 12 December, of the Committee Stage of the EUW Bill in the House of Commons.…

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