Guide to Brexit sources (updated Sep 2020)

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex

It's over two years since I updated this page (this update is on 27 July 2020; the previous update was 11 Feb 2018) and a lot has happened in the meantime. I've restructured the page to focus on the future relationship talks and the withdrawal agreement, while retaining historical material too. I've  also updated the blog links. (Updated Sep 2020 to add UK Internal Market bill)

For links to case law on Brexit issues see the separate page.

Future relationship talks 

UK position paper on future relationship

EU negotiation mandate

UK proposals for treaties on future relationship

EU proposal for treaty on future relationship

EU proposal for foreign policy part of the future treaty

Commission paper on preparation for after the transition paper (July 2020)

EU documents on the negotiations

UK trade negotiations (including non-EU countries) 

UK rollover treaties with non-EU countries

UK government page on end of the transition period

EU page on end of the transition period

Withdrawal agreement 

Text of the withdrawal agreement

Text of the political declaration on the future relationship  

EU Council decision on conclusion of the agreement

EU declaration re the European Arrest Warrant

Guidance note on citizens' rights

EU note on Northern Ireland protocol

UK command paper on Northern Ireland protocol

Joint Committee decision amending the withdrawal agreement

UK legislation

Withdrawal Agreement Act 

Withdrawal Act

Notification of Withdrawal Act

Immigration Bill

Trade Bill

Agriculture Bill

Historical sources

Joint documents (withdrawal agreement)
First version of withdrawal agreement

December 2017 Joint report
December 2017 joint technical note on citizens’ rights

EU27 documents (withdrawal agreement)
Text of EU27 negotiation guidelines on transition period
Text of EU27 negotiation directives on transition period
Text of proposed withdrawal agreement clauses on transition period
December 2017 – Commission communication on ‘sufficient progress’ in talks

European Parliament: Brexit impact study

UK documents (withdrawal process)
DexEU documents
Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill – aka ‘Customs Bill’
Supreme Court judgment in Miller

Selected posts from this blog

Future relationship 

Future relationship and labour standards

Future relationship justice and home affairs talks

Analysis of EU negotiation mandate

Regulatory divergence on copyright

Visa-free travel to the EU for UK visitors

Travel authorisation law for UK visitors

Withdrawal agreement

Analysis 1: overview

Analysis 2: transition period

Analysis 3: dispute settlement

Analysis 4: citizens' rights

Analysis 5: political declaration 

Analysis of Northern Ireland protocol

Enforcement of withdrawal agreement in national courts

Enforcement and termination of the agreement in international law

Analysis of Withdrawal Agreement Act

UK citizens in the EU and EU long-term resident status

Historical blog posts

Extending EU membership: first extension, second extension, Benn Act, third extension

Overview of first version of the withdrawal agreement

Comments on Theresa May and Boris Johnson speeches - Feb 2018

Text of proposed withdrawal agreement clauses on transition period - annotated version 1 version 2
Text of EU27 negotiation directives on transition period - annotated
Suggestions for withdrawal agreement clauses on citizens’ rights
Can the Article 50 notification be withdrawn? Analysis
December 2017 Joint report – analysis of citizens’ rights provisions
December 2017 Joint report - analysis of other provisions (Irish border, financial settlement, ‘winding up’ clauses)
General analysis of Florence speech
More detailed legal analysis of Florence speech and transition period issues
UK immigration to the EU after Brexit
Possible repeal of working time directive
Analysis of Data Protection Bill and Brexit
Future EU/UK relationship: foreign policy and criminal law
Future EU/UK relationship: cross-border civil litigation
EU Charter of Rights and Brexit
UK position paper on Northern Ireland
Main EU negotiation guidelines annotated
Analysis of Brexit White Paper
Analysis of Brexit and Euratom
Can the UK stay in the single market after leaving the EU?

Brexit blogs
Chris Grey – The Brexit Blog

EU Relations Law - on the future relationship

DCU Brexit Institute
Mark Elliott – Public law blog
Trade Policy Observatory blog

UK Trade Forum blog

Brexit Time blog

Herbert Smith Freehills: a) Brexit notes blog b) View from Brussels c) Papers

Law and Lawyers blog - Brexit posts

LSE Brexit blog

Squire Patton Boggs: Brexit Legal

Rabobank Economics Research - Brexit

Europe Street News

University of Bristol Law Research - Brexit posts

Jack of Kent blog

Pete North politics blog

HoganLovells Brexit page

UK in a Changing Europe page

Centre for European Reform page

Institute for Government - Brexit page

Jon Worth Euroblog
List of Brexit impact studies - compiled by Maria Ana Cataluna

Civil Service World - Brexit government project

BrexitLawNI team blog

The Conversation - Brexit posts

European Law Monitor

European Parliament - Brexit economic impact study

European Parliament - Irish border study

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  1. This page relates to the consequences of Brexit on British EU civil servants :

  2. You should add the blog of the DCU Brexit Institute (I am the editor)