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Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues

Published Friday, April 28, 2017

The Commons Library has compiled, from a wide range of sources, a selection of analysis and comment relevant to the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union.

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In the referendum on 23 June 2016, a majority of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU.

UK withdrawal from the EU – usually described as ‘Brexit’ – has been the subject of a great deal of comment in books, journal articles, press reports and blogs.

This paper provides information on and/or links to a selection of analysis and comment on:

  • the EU referendum (for a pre-referendum reading list, see Commons Briefing Paper 7220, Reading list on UK-EU relations 2013-16: reform, renegotiation, withdrawal, 24 June 2016)
  • constitutional and legal issues surrounding UK withdrawal
  • the triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which will start the withdrawal process
  • the role of the UK Parliament in triggering the process and in the negotiations
  • the possibility of a second referendum on a withdrawal agreement
  • how the UK Government and Parliament deal with EU legislation
  • the impact of Brexit on the rest of the EU
  • the UK’s future relations with the EU
  • issues for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There is also a list of Library briefing papers and parliamentary committee reports.

This paper will be updated periodically.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7702

Authors: Timothy Robinson; Vaughne Miller

Topics: EU external relations, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, EU political integration

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