The Brexit Papers

The Brexit Papers: Third Edition offer Government, parliamentarians, the media and the public a concise and informative evaluation of the legal challenges posed by leaving the EU, and their practical implications for the economy and society.

They offer a series of recommendations to Government, and each can be read as a stand-alone document.

Concise and written in plain English, the papers are written by members of the Brexit Working Group, Specialist Bar Associations and other senior barristers.

The Brexit Papers first emerged following a roundtable meeting with civil servants from across Government to discuss how Brexit would impact different areas of law and build on the work the Bar Council undertook on these issues in advance of the referendum.

This third edition represents an expansion of the legal fields covered, which now include acquired rights, WTO, agriculture, fisheries, product standards, public procurement, environment, dispute resolution and the CJEU.

The Brexit Working Group

Chaired by Hugh Mercer QC, the Brexit Working Group was set up by the Bar Council in 2016 to examine the complex issues arising from Brexit and to help the Government identify the legal and constitutional priorities. The group draws on the combined expertise and experience of the profession across a wide range of practice areas. 


September 2017 - Bar Council briefing for the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and press release

February 2017 Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar Council gives evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the implications of Brexit for the justice system

January 2017 -  Hugh Mercer QC, Chair of Brexit Working Group gives evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on civil justice cooperation

Other Brexit work

What is the Bar Council doing in relation to the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June? See all of our campaign work and our activities below. We will add relevant content as it becomes available. 

June 2017 The Brexit Papers: Third Edition

December 2016 - (Press release)  The Brexit Papers: Bar's Brexit Working Group publishes key paper to aid Government on Brexit

October 2016 - (Press release)  Bar Council Chairman joins David Davis for Brexit Breakfast

August 2016 - (Press release)  Brexit prompts public and businesses to seek legal advice from barristers

July 2016 - (Press release) The formation of the Bar Council's Brexit Working Group

July 2016 - (Press release) The Bar Council's response to the CityUK report: Legal sector must grow post-Brexit 

June 2016 - (Press release) Barristers publish non-partisan, fact-based report on European Union membership

June 2016 - (Press release) The Bar Council's response to the result of the EU Referendum

June 2016 What now for the Bar, post-Brexit? Chairman's blog

June 2016 -  Video of debate on the EU Referendum, hosted by the Bar Council (YouTube)