The process for exiting the European Union and the Government's negotiating objectives Contents


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

2 What the Government needs to do before triggering Article 50


Decision-making processes within Government

Role of Parliament

Involving the devolved governments




3 The Article 50 negotiation: what will it cover?


Procedure for approving an agreement


Great Repeal Bill

What must be agreed before the UK leaves the EU?

Budget commitments and pension liabilities

Location of EU agencies based in the UK and continuing participation in other EU agencies

Rights of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the rest of the EU

Northern Ireland

Cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs and Common Foreign and Security Policy


4 Negotiating the future relationship

The views of other parties in the negotiations

Negotiating the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU


Regulatory equivalence and access to EU markets

The Customs Union

Financial services

Free movement of workers

Inability to agree any trade deal with the EU: the WTO fall back

A transitional arrangement

Conclusion on UK’s future relationship with the EU

The role of Parliament in approving the final deal

Annex 1: Note of roundtable discussion, Sunderland, 8 December 2016

Annex 2: Note of roundtable discussion, Aberdeen, 19 December 2016

Formal Minutes


13 January 2017