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United Kingdom Legal Research Guide

This in-depth guide will help researchers navigate legal materials for the United Kingdom.

UK Government Resources on Brexit

UK Cabinet Office Reports

  • Alternatives to Membership:  Possible Models for the United Kingdom Outside the European Union
    This report, published prior to the referendum, outlines three alternatives to UK membership in the EU:  1) joining the European Economic Area (the Norwegian model), 2) negotiating a series of bilateral agreements with the EU (the Swiss model), and 3) relying on World Trade Organization rules (the WTO-only model).
     
  • Rights and Obligations of European Union Membership
    This report, also published prior to the referendum, describes the UK's current status as an EU member state and how that status affects UK law and policy-making on more than a dozen subjects, including trade and investment, research and development, agriculture, the environment, transport, and taxation, among others.
     

Parliamentary Briefing Papers on Brexit

Relevant UK Cabinet Departments

  • Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU)
    This newly formed cabinet department, headed by David Davis, MP, is responsible for negotiating the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  The departmental website provides access to press releases, publications, and other official statements of government policy.
     
  • Department of International Trade (DIT)
    This newly formed department, headed by Liam Fox, MP, is charged with negotiating trade agreements with other countries once the UK has completed its withdrawal from the EU.  Until that happens, the UK remains subject to trade agreements concluded between the EU and non-EU states.
     
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
    This department, headed by Boris Johnson, MP, is responsible for the UK's external relations.  Although it will not negotiate the UK's withdrawal from the EU, it is expected to exert significant influence on the process.